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A few verses from the Apocalypse were lacking in the manuscripts at his disposal.
He simply re-translated them from the current Latin version!
We owe this to the efforts of two wealthy book collectors, Chester Beatty and Martin Bodmer.
These manuscripts are of a special class for two reasons.
Tischendorf himself and the British scholars Westcott and Hort produced two rival editions of the Greek text.
They believed that their text reflected the original as well as possible, even if it was based on manuscripts dating from at least three centuries after the New Testament was written.
There is not a single copy wholly free from mistakes.
A science called textual criticism deals systematically with these mistakes to eliminate as many of them as possible.
We know this text, albeit imperfectly, through a large number of ancient manuscripts.They are written on papyrus and date from well before the fourth century.The earliest papyrus manuscripts come very close to the time when the New Testament was written.The great Dutch philologist Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam had established a text from a handful of manuscripts dating from the later Middle Ages.Unfortunately he used only manuscripts of inferior quality for his edition of 1516.