Family Π in the Gospel of Mark

Mitchell, Timothy Nathaniel ORCID: (2023). Family Π in the Gospel of Mark. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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Family Π is a group of manuscripts identified by Hermann von Soden as the Ka-text with 017, 041 and 02 as its leading members. Silva Lake later argued that 02 was not a member of the Π group, but was distantly related and she presented a stemma of manuscripts and a reconstructed archetype of Mark. The present study uses new digital tools to offer a fresh study of Family Π in the Gospel of Mark. Twenty-seven manuscripts of Mark were transcribed and collated using the Workspace for Collaborative Editing. These manuscripts are: 017 041 114 178 229 389 420 489 581 652 702 796 989 992 1079 1159 1219 1313 1346 1354 1500 1602 1690 1816 2278 2404 2411. The digital transcription and collation files are made available in an electronic edition accompanying this thesis. During the later stages of this study, the Editio Critica Maior of the Gospel of Mark was published and with it the online digital tool set of the Coherence Based Genealogical Method. This provided a dataset of over 200 manuscripts with which to compare the apparatus of readings created in the present project. By using the data from the ECM of Mark it became apparent that Lake’s characteristic Family Π readings were not genealogically significant. This led to the main thesis of this study, that the manuscripts identified as belonging to Family Π do not descend from a single lost archetype. Rather, they represent an early stage in the formation of the Byzantine text. It is tentatively suggested that the readings which characterize this group of manuscripts arose through the process of copying the biblical text from commentary manuscripts of Mark.

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A Collation of Family Π in Mark [Online Edition]
A positive apparatus of Family Π in Mark
Transcriptions of 27 Manuscripts of the Gospel according to Mark

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
Licence: All rights reserved
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
School or Department: School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion, Department of Theology and Religion
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BS The Bible


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