Seven widely accepted "rules" about textual (lower) criticism. Thought we'd open up the subject slowly and have a thread on each, to allow free-flowing discussion (and hate-speech)! Canon One: Generally speaking, the older reading is to be preferred over a reading found in later manuscripts. Caveat: Some "older" compilations were rapidly produced or used for personal study, NOT of the same caliber as scrolls for synagogue use. Isaiah 1 scroll at Qumran (1QIsa) is an example of such. Reason: The older the manuscript, the less likelihood there is of deviation from the reading of the original autograph. Thoughts?