Saturday, June 24, 2006
What's happened to the Majority Text Society?
I wonder if anyone out there can tell me anything about current activities of the Majority Text Society. I put a link to them on the sidebar of the blog because I thought that in some circles they represent a significant strand of evangelical thought on textual criticism. However, their webpage shows no sign of activity since 2003. I am wondering whether they have published newsletters more recently than 2003, whether they still have active membership (do people really subscribe to something without receiving at least a newsletter) and, if so, what size their membership is. Is there is anyone active within them or did the departure of James Davis to Jordan mean that it is no longer active? Also, is the Hodges-Farstad NT available electronically? What signs are there of Majority Text theology still around (connecting providential preservation to number of mss)? Or would it be fair to say that many who would formerly have affiliated with the Majority Text position would now prefer to support Maurice Robinson's Byzantine Priority position, which has a different theology of providence and text-critical method, even if the resultant text is not very different?