Novum Testamentum Gręce, antiquissimorum codicum textus in ordine parallelo dispositi. Accedit collatio codicis Sinaitici. Ed. E.H. Hansell, Volume 3 (Google eBook)

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Edward Halifax Hansell
1864
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Page xxix - And so it is with the sacred text ; make your 30,000 as many more, if numbers of copies can ever reach that sum : all the better to a knowing and serious reader, who is thereby more richly furnished to select what he sees genuine. But even put them into the hands of a knave or a fool, and yet, with the most sinistrous and absurd choice, he shall not extinguish the light of any one chapter, nor so disguise Christianity but that every feature of it will still be the same.
Page xxviii - ... otherwise more recent and of inferior value. I myself have collated several, and do affirm that I have seen twenty thousand various lections in that little author, not near so big as the whole New Testament ; and am morally sure, that if half the number of manuscripts were collated for Terence with that niceness and minuteness which has been used in twice as many for the New Testament, the number of the variations would amount to above fifty thousand.
Page xxix - Put them into the hands of a knave or a fool, and even with the most sinistrous and absurd choice, he shall not extinguish the light of any one chapter, or so disguise Christianity but that every feature of it will be still the same.
Page xxix - ... doctrines have been elicited by its aid ; nor have any historical facts been summoned by it from their obscurity. All the doctrines and duties of Christianity remain unaffected. Hence the question arises, of what utility has it been to the world ? Why have all this labour and industry been applied ? Have all the researches of modern criticism been wasted ? We believe they have not. They have proved one thing— that in the records of inspiration there is no material corruption.
Page xxx - ... as coming nearest its earliest form. It is substantially the same as the text they propose. Thus criticism has been gradually building a foundation, or rather proving the immovable security of a foundation on which the Christian faith may safely rest. It has taught us to p Bentley, Remarks, &c. § xxxii. p. 76. regard the Scriptures as they now are to be divine in their origin.
Page xxix - ... design. If a corrupt line, or a dubious reading, chances to intervene, it does not darken the whole context, nor make an author's purpose precarious. Terence, for instance, has as many variations as any book whatever, in proportion to its bulk ; and yet, with all its interpolations, omissions, additions or glosses, (choose the worst of them on purpose) you cannot deface the contrivance...
Page xxix - ... purpose precarious. Terence, for instance, has as many variations as any book whatever, in proportion to its bulk : and yet, with all its interpolations, omissions, additions, or glosses, (choose the worst of them on purpose,) you cannot deface the contrivance and plot of one play ; no, not of one single scene ; but its sense, design, and subserviency to the last issue and conclusion, shall be visible and plain through all the mist of Various Lections. And so it is with the SACRED TEXT. Make...
Page xxvii - For, surely, those various readings existed before in the several exemplars ; Dr. Mill did not make and coin them, he only exhibited them to our view. If religion therefore was true before, though such various readings were in being, it will be as true, and consequently as safe still, though every body sees them.
Page 304 - Gospels, the subscription, ката царког : but the remaining greater portion of the column, and the whole of the next to the end of the page, are left vacant. I found no other instances of this in the NT : the next book always beginning on the next column.
Page xxix - It is not very different from what it was seventeen hundred years ago. Critics, with all their research, have not been able to show that the common text varies essentially from what they now recommend as coming nearest its earliest form. It is substantially the same as the text they propose. Thus criticism has been gradually building a foundation, or rather proving the immovable security of a foundation on which the Christian faith may safely rest.

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