Dangers of Textual Criticism: Graduate Seminar Edition

“The discussion had dragged on drearily, momentarily centered upon the problem that one group of Mss. said that the Saint had done something at ten years of age (decem annos natus), whereas another group had the age as 12 (duodecim). I gave voice to a frivolous thought born of boredom and suggested that the Mss. reading “duodecim” might have been influenced by the tale of the 12-year-old Christ among the Doctors. To my amazed chagrin, the suggestion was taken seriously and prolonged the discussion another half-hour.”

-Alston Hurd Chase, Time Remembered p.134

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