Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Tregelles Quote Quiz 2

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Who said this about Tregelles?

'As the editor lacks critical sagacity; his text has a wooden character; and an absence of tact and skill, an antiquarian stiffness, unfits it for becoming the text of the accomplished scholar or the source of a popular version.'

And why?

9 comments :

  1. "unfits it"

    This phrase makes me think that the writer is a contemporary to Tregelles or not long after. Even apart from that I would guess that he is a British scholar. Whoever it is is not being very kind, and does not seem to have anything nice to say.

    ... Burgon (wild guess).

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  2. I think it is anonymous :) Rats! And I do like Tregelles.

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  3. Christian is on the money:
    British, contemporary, hostile.

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  4. The speaker seems to be judging Tregelles's NT on grounds other than accuracy. This would not fit with any of the usual suspects of late 19th/early 20th century NT & TC scholarship on any side of the revision debate (Lightfoot, Westcott, Hort, Burgon, Scrivener, Hoskier).
    And since you say he's contemporary with Tregelles, I would take that to mean he's slightly earlier than most of those anyway.
    My guess is that he's a church leader, and the quote pertains to what was then merely a proposal of a revised version of the Bible in English.
    I'm guessing Philip Schaff.

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  5. He is not P. Schaff. He was a church leader, but was removed from his teaching position in the church because of his historical-critical leanings. Tregelles was involved in the proceedings, and this man did not forget that.

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  6. Yes. Well done Pete.

    Davidson wrote some scathing reviews of Tregelles' books and opposed the idea that Tregelles should be given an honorary degree from Oxford.

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  7. Perhaps that was no great loss to Tregelles!

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