Cladistics and the Bible

Stephen C. Carlson scarlson at MINDSPRING.COM
Thu Nov 18 16:13:01 CST 2004

For those interested in such things, I'll be giving a paper this Saturday
in San Antonio at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature
using cladistics to determine the genealogical affiliation of some 50+
manuscripts of the Gospel According to Mark.

Because hybridization (called "contamination" or "mixture" among textual
critics) is a lot more common among manuscripts than metazoans, the
paper explores and proposes a parsimony-based approach to inferring
reticulate phylogenies.

The paper is called "The Origin(s) of the 'Caesarean' Text," and a preprint
is available at

Stephen Carlson

Stephen C. Carlson,
mailto:scarlson at
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