Geoff wrote:I realize this is more a textual criticism question than a Greek Q, but what can anyone tell me about the Griesbach Text and the Scholz text? In my slim readings these men vascilated in their theories on criticism and I'm not really sure where the texts bearing their names stand in relation to W&H.
Thanks in advance
Ok.....I'm a TC Geek at heart, so I guess I'll take a stab at a reply.
Griesbach was the first Textual Critic to abandon the TR, althought not entirely (in contrast to WH), he was also the first person really delve into the theory of transmission, and he was the person to divide the text into three groups:
If you have access to Meztger's Text of the New Testament
you can read about Griesbach from about pg 119 to page 146.
The short answer about the Griesbach Text is....he was the first to produce an edition of the GNT that DIDN'T rely primarily on the TR.
Scholz was a Jesuit who came a bit after Griesbach, and he was primarily concerned with cataloging and finding new texts. He added 616 new manuscripts to those previously known. He had a "proto-local text" view that would later be jumped upon, and expanded by Streeter. Scholtz's text resulted from the influence of his study of manuscripts, and the impression that was made upon him by the uniformity of the Byzantine Texts.....His text really retrogressed back toward the TR. Later in life Scholtz recanted
and declared the need for a more Alexandrian text!
Most all of this information is available in my dutifully taken syntax and exegesis notes (which you don't and won't have access to!) and the aforementioned book. Although I don't agree wholeheartedly with Metzger's view on TC, his book(s) are an INVALUABLE tool for any TC study. If you'd like I could suggest a list of my favorite TC books that I use and find handy.
Hope that at least, in part, answered your question(s).