10
Feb
2017

The Coherence-Based Genealogical Method

Today we welcome Peter Gurry to speak about New Testament textual criticism. Peter is a PhD candidate at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge and has written an article titled, “How Your Greek NT is Changing: A Simple Introduction to the Coherence-Based Genealogical Method (CBGM)” (JETS Volume 59, No. 4, 675–689). The coherence-based genealogical method was used in editing the Catholic epistles for the NA28 and UBS5 critical editions of the New Testament.

In this conversation, we learn about the basic principles of the method and how it differs from traditional approaches. We also discuss its advantages and the challenges that lay ahead in terms of scholarly reception and methodological refinement.

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1 Response

  1. Toward the end of the episode, Camden sketches the complexity of a statistical approach to the problem of stemmatology–“for the mathematically inclined”. This definitely goes beyond addition and division.

    It reminded me of the work one of my Mathematics professors was doing in the 1990s, at the Free University in Amsterdam. I was not involved in his research, but I remember he was taking a systematic approach to stemmatology of printed editions. I am curious to know to what extent Biblical textual criticism takes advantage, not only of computational power, but also of mathematical approaches developed for this kind of investigation.

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