After a brief introduction to the prehistory of the Editio Critica Maior of the Institute for New Testament Textual Research in Münster, the edition itself is presented. First, the path from the collection of material to the creation of the critical apparatus of the edition is traced. Then the presentation of material in the printed Editio Critica Maior is introduced and it is shown how to use it. Since the New Testament tradition is characterized by contamination, which makes the application of the classical “Lachmannian” stemmatology impossible, a new method had to be developed for the penetration of the New Testament manuscript tradition, the so-called Coherence-Based Genealogical Method (CBGM), which is explained as short and simple as possible.
Finally, the study introduces the digital Editio Critica Maior and its use and gives an outlook to the future of the Editio Critica Maior as an interactive digital edition of the Greek New Testament.
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