Average Variance From Manuscript To Modern New Testament?
The following question occurred to me just now: on average, if you take a manuscript and compare it to a modern Greek New Testament, what will be the degree of difference? Will it be 1%? 5%? I am sure 10% is way too high.
This seems to me like it would be a useful statistic when talking to those who have not spent any time in the field of TC. Those of us who have done any collating know that the variance is actually quite low. Of course the variance will depend on what manuscript and what modern text you use as a baseline (on average, if you use a modern majority text you will get lower variance than you would with something like the NA27 for obvious reasons...).
For some of us this is a useless statistic, but it strikes me as a better statistic for the laity than the "how many variants are there?" question.
Of course this question isn’t completely knowable until all manuscripts have been collated, but you can get solid numbers from just a few manuscripts from various traditions and get a better idea of this than of the other question. Has anyone seen this statistic in print anywhere?