Gospel of Matthew – Chapters 1 and 2


Range Description

There are 43 variants and 73 readings for this range of text.


The 19 witnesses considered for Matthew chapters 1 and 2 ordered by number of citations follow:

Witness Explicit Citations
Codex Vaticanus (B/03) 26
Codex Bezae (D/06) 26
33 22
Codex Ephraemi (C/04) 21
Codex Washintonianus (W/032) 21
Family 13 (f13) 21
Codex Sinaiticus (א/01) 20
Codex Regius (L/019) 20
Family 1 (f1) 20
Majority Text (m) 19
Vetus Latina (it) 16
Sahidic Coptic (sa) 11
Codex Dublinensis (Z) 9
Sinaitic Syriac (sys) 9
Curetonian Syriac (syc) 9
Eusebius (Eus) 8
Peshitta (psh) 8
Codex Coridethianus (Θ/038) 7
P1 6

Principal Component Analysis

Here is an animated PCA biplot mapping manuscripts and other witnesses (color-coded by date) and readings (blue) against the first three principal components:PCA Biplot Matthew 1-2

The amount of variation accounted for by the first three components is:

Component Standard Deviation Proportion of Variance Cumulative Proportion
PC1 1.9125 0.1925 0.1925
PC2 1.7787 0.1665 0.3590
PC3 1.3808 0.1003 0.4594

Multidimensional Scaling

Here is an animated MDS plot where distances on the plot approximate the dissimilarities between the manuscripts and other witnesses (color-coded by date):MDS Plot Matthew 1-2

Cluster Analysis

Hierarchical Agglomerative Cluster Analysis (Ward’s Criterion):Hierarchical Agglomerative Cluster Analysis Matthew 1-2

K-means partitioning with five clusters:K-means Partitioning with 5 Clusters - Matthew 1-2

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