plural noun[treated as singular]
The branch of study concerned with analysing the relationship of surviving variant versions of a text to each other, especially so as to reconstruct a lost original.
- There appear to be strong analogies between the worlds of stemmatics and systematics.
- This is not to imply that stemmatics is useless for the New Testament.
- It is widely accepted that stemmatics originated in the work of Karl Lachmman.
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