But the thing about historical continuity is that there is the opportunity to check the archeology against the received elders to make comparisons.

While I haven’t a copy myself, I would likely use : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byzantine_text-type as source for an attempt at historical continuity within the tradition before then attempting cross-cultural comparison.

Oh it’s not that simple of course. But the thing about historical continuity is that there is the opportunity to check the archeology against the received elders to make comparisons. The only reason I’d chose their text over post 19th century “start from scratch” reconstructions is because the history seems to support it.

I could also go with the Coptic as well, as their split was earlier – the theological differences being that of an iota.

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