A bias at the heart of the coherence-based genealogical method (CBGM)

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Carlson, Stephen C.. (2020). A bias at the heart of the coherence-based genealogical method (CBGM). Journal of Biblical Literature. 139(2), pp. 319-340. https://doi.org/10.15699/JBL.1392.2020.5
AuthorsCarlson, Stephen C.
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The Greek text of the New Testament for the latest Nestle-Aland edition is being edited by the Institute for New Testament Research (INTF) in Münster using a novel technique called the Coherence-Based Genealogical Method (CBGM). This study tests the CBGM against a hypothetical scenario inspired by 1 John 1:7 and concludes that the “potential-ancestor” criterion on which the method depends is biased against certain kinds of witnesses previously considered to be of utmost importance for reconstructing the text in 1 John, including Codex Sinaiticus and Codex Alexandrinus. This article also offers some suggestions for addressing or ameliorating the bias at the heart of the CBGM. Without such amelioration, the NA28 text in the Catholic Epistles and the new Editio Critica Maior volumes must be used with caution.

Year2020
JournalJournal of Biblical Literature
Journal citation139 (2), pp. 319-340
PublisherSociety of Biblical Literature
ISSN0021-9231
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.15699/JBL.1392.2020.5
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85090459377
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