And Versions.-There are six uncials, N, A, C, P, Q, a, the last of which has not been edited or collated.
There are at present two main systems: (1) Since the time of Wetstein it has been customary to employ capital letters, at first of the Latin and latterly also of the Greek and Hebrew alphabets, to designate the uncials, and Arabic figures to designate the minuscules.
There are not enough letters to cover the uncials, the same letter has to serve for various fragments which are quite unconnected except by the accident of simultaneous discovery, and no information is given about the MS. referred to.
Its relations to EFG are best discussed in Westcott and Hort's Introduction, §§ 335-337.] There are no other uncials equal in importance to the above.
Formerly the Greek uncials, which go back to the 4th century, were regarded as the most important source of evidence, and were supposed to have the decisive vote; but now it is becoming plain that still more important, though unfortunately much less complete, is the evidence of the versions and of quotations by early writers.
It is also possible to argue, as WH did, on the same side, that the purest form of text was preserved in Alexandria, from which the oldest uncials are directly or indirectly derived, but this argument has been weakened if not finally disposed of by the evidence of Clement of Alexandria.
Which he might have used, agreeing with the great uncials, but there is no evidence for this view.
(2) If we reject this position we must accept the evidence as giving the great uncials much the same secondary importance as Westcott and Hort gave to the later MSS., and make an attempt to reconstruct a text on the basis of versions and Fathers.
Notes were often written in uncials; the use of majuscules or capitals for headings and for the initial letters of lines is well known.
Ever since 1894 he held that both the " Western " text of Acts (which he styles the (3 text) and its rival, the text of the great uncials (which he styles the a text), are due to the author's own hand.