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Recension is the practice of editing or revising a text based on critical analysis.[1] When referring to manuscripts, this may be a revision by another author. The term is derived from Latin recensio "review, analysis".

In textual criticism, particularly Biblical scholarship, the count noun "recension" may be used to refer to a family of manuscripts sharing similar traits;[2] for example, the Alexandrian text-type may be referred to as the "Alexandrian recension". The term "recension" may also refer to the process of collecting and analyzing source texts in order to establish a tree structure leading backward to a hypothetical original text; for example, the compilation and collation of the Qur'an by Uthman ibn Affan may be referred to as a process of recension.

See also


  1. ^ Definition of "recension",
  2. ^ "Synoptic Gospels Primer: Recension"


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