Editor (text science)

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Redaktor (from Latin redigere , revise ' , participle perferkt redactus; stress on the middle syllable ) is called in the historical- philological text sciences a person often not known by name, only derived from the text finding, who gives the examined text its current (final editor) or a has given preliminary (interim editor) version.

The work, the intellectual background and the interest of such editors or groups of editors can often be inferred quite precisely from internal contradictions and seams in a text and, if necessary, from a comparison with traditional preliminary stages and subsidiary forms.

Editorial criticism , i.e. research into editors and editorial levels , is of particular importance in academic biblical exegesis .

Linguistically related, but with a different content, is the word editor .

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