Over on Larry Hurtado’s blog there is an interesting short article about textual transmission. The article reports on studies in ancient classical Latin texts by a scholar named James Zetzel. It is worth reading because it recognizes that understanding the purpose and use of a manuscript will help determine the degree of reliability of the manuscript, or at least the chances of it being changed.
I remember reading Kurt Aland’s opinion that it is imperative that textual critics become conversant with the history of the Early Church. This article reinforces that belief by showing the important connection between usage of a text and the integrity of its transmission.