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February 16, 2016


Thank you for this clarification. If the number of textual variants is 400,000 when the incorrect method of quantification is used, may I ask what the number becomes when the correct method of counting variants is deployed?
Thanks again.
Jim (Houston)

Jim, the number is the same, it's just a matter of how the number is reached. There are 400,000 different deviations from the base text (any single deviation may be reflected in more than one manuscript). The vast majority of these differences have to do with things like spelling or word order, so they don't affect the meaning of the text at all. You can learn more in this brief article (skip to the section on variants) or at that iTunes U course linked above.

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