the copying of early Christian texts was by and large a “conservative” process

It is probably safe to say that the copying of early Christian texts was by and large a “conservative” process. The scribes—whether nonprofessional scribes in the early centuries or professional scribes of the Middle Ages—were intent on “conserving” the textual tradition they were passing on. Their ultimate concern was not to modify the tradition, but to preserve it for themselves and for those who would follow them. Most scribes, no doubt, tried to do a faithful job in making sure that the text they reproduced was the same text they inherited.

Bart Ehrman, Misquoting Jesus, (New York:HarperCollins, 2005), 177.

Quite an admission from a man who says we can’t be certain what the NT writers actually wrote.

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