This is a quiz in co-operation with the Amsterdam NT Weblog.
Below are five citations by five different scholars from the 19-21th centuries, three against and two in favour of conjectural emendation in New Testament textual criticism (presented in no particular order).
#1. "Not long ago philologists evinced such a fondness for conjectural emendation that the question might not unreasonably be asked why they did not rather themselves write the text that they took in hand to explain."
#2. "It is now agreed among competent judges that Conjectural Emendation must never be resorted to, even in passages of acknowledged difficulty."
#3. "Knowledge of authors should precede judgement of their conjectures."
#4. "It is a sobering experience to observe what flights of fancy Biblical scholars indulge in order to discredit a conjecture."
#5. "No authority could be attached to words which rested upon conjecture; and a critic who should devote himself to editing the Scriptures on conjectural lines would be merely wasting his time."
Tomorrow [update: On Thursday] Jan Krans over at the Amsterdam New Testament Weblog will give the answers to this quiz here.
First, however, he will present his paper on "Conjectural Emendation in New Testament Textual Criticism" in the Working with Biblical Manuscript section – unfortunately no MSS there, however ;-).
Update: the answers to the quiz can now be found here.