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comment Omission of 'fasting' in Mark 9:29
I'm not sure which I prefer (and I've loved learning from all three answers here) - but I personally have accidents in the 'plausible' category, not just 'possible'. It's a big body of text, and other accidental scribal errors are well-know to have occurred (eg character substitution) - omission of a few words is probably less common, but not implausible for my money.
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comment Omission of 'fasting' in Mark 9:29
If I'm understanding you correctly, you are saying that (for example) "A scribe sneezing, and resuming at the wrong spot, is of course possible", but that while possible, it is not plausible, is that right? If so, I guess that is a judgement call we'll all have to make for ourselves :)
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comment Omission of 'fasting' in Mark 9:29
Yes, they are classes, but my point in referencing the list is merely that duplication and transposition are types of "addition" with implicit explanation, whereas there is no need to subdivide "omission" into types, because any omission is already plausible (and the kind like this that results in a verse that still makes sense is the kind that is most likely to survive subsequent copying).
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comment Omission of 'fasting' in Mark 9:29
Useful additions (+1), but I'm not sure I follow your logic entirely. Wikipedia says "Most typos involve simple duplication, omission, transposition, or substitution of a small number of characters." and I'm inclined to think that any omission has a plausible explanation - eg the copyist just got distracted at the wrong moment. Isn't the burden of plausibility much heavier on additions? Hence duplication, transposition being in the Wikipedia list - both plausible mechanisms.
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comment Omission of 'fasting' in Mark 9:29
If we judge a question by it's answers, this one is great. Three excellent answers already that don't agree but are fascinating and informative and all have my upvote.
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comment Forbidden fruit
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about an idea.
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comment Which Greek NT passage has proven to have the most variant readings?
We might mean the same thing but I see a 'shopping' question as one lending itself to multiple answers rather than one desiring multiple answers, if that makes sense. Either way, your extensions to the question will, I think, make multiple answers very unlikely so I've rescinded my vtc. Hope you get a good answer :)
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comment Which Greek NT passage has proven to have the most variant readings?
Please don't take this personally - I'm a big fan of your contributions here on BH, but I see this as a 'shopping' question and not well suited to the Q&A model here.
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