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Activity Number: 423
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 : 2:00 PM to 3:50 PM
Sponsor: Social Statistics Section
Abstract - #304726
Title: Reconstruction of Document History: A Parsimony Approach
Author(s): Guillermo Frank*+ and Luis Frank
Companies: University of Buenos Aires and University of Buenos Aires
Address: Sucre 2020 12A, Buenos Aires, , Argentina
Keywords: textual analysis ; parsimony ; document ; gospels

Our purpose is to reconstruct the history of ancient manuscripts. To this end, we chose a well-known episode recorded in the four Gospels and break it down into pieces of information which we consider characters from an ancient document. From these pieces, and some assumptions on the transcription process, we reconstruct the most likely history of the document as well as its "tradition" or source. Then we compare these results by means of different statistical methods. Our approach neither follows the conventional steps of "textual criticism" nor appeals to exegetical arguments. Therefore, the proposed methodology is easily extendable to the study of other documents out of the biblical context.

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