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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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Philology and Phylogeny

Philology and Phylogeny

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The Erotic Life of Manuscripts

Yii-Jan Lin

Oxford University Press

The fusion of Mendelian genetics and Darwinian evolution made for modern evolutionary biology in the twentieth century. With it came a better understanding of genetic structures, genealogical inheritance, and genetic mutation. As biologists focused more on the evolutionary relationship between species—or phylogeny—so too did textual critics. Now, not only can text be transcribed and coded like DNA, but software can process these codes to generate “trees” of genealogical relationships. The Coherence-Based Genealogical Method used by the editors of the Nestle-Aland Novum Testamentum Graece as well as the Editio Critica Maior represents the cutting edge of computer-aided philological methodology.

Keywords:   CBGM, Phylogeny, evolutionary biology, Mendel, DNA, textual genome, stemma, textual coherence, cladistics, Tree of Life

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