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The Erotic Life of ManuscriptsNew Testament Textual Criticism and the Biological Sciences$
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Yii-Jan Lin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190279806

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190279806.001.0001

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Darwin, Streeter, and Narrative Textual Criticism

Darwin, Streeter, and Narrative Textual Criticism

(p.69) 3 Darwin, Streeter, and Narrative Textual Criticism
The Erotic Life of Manuscripts

Yii-Jan Lin

Oxford University Press

As Darwinian concepts of evolution rose in acceptance, the shift in focus from essentialist taxonomy to change through adaptation began to be reflected in New Testament textual criticism in the twentieth century. B. H. Streeter’s theory of local texts argued that texts with a geographic region would evolve in accordance to its theological, political, and scribal environment. The latter half of the twentieth century to the present has seen a rise in the consideration of the history of textual tradition and a shift toward viewing variants as storied evolutions rather than corruptions. Narrative textual criticism thus celebrates the evolving text of the New Testament as a living, adapting organism.

Keywords:   Darwin, B. H. Streeter, narrative textual criticism, New Philology, evolution, local texts, David Parker, Eldon Epp, Bart Ehrman, F. J. A. Hort

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