A Student's Guide to Textual Criticism of the Bible: Its History, Methods and Results

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InterVarsity Press, Mar 9, 2006 - Religion - 334 pages
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The Bible has been on a long historical journey since its original composition. Its texts have been copied and recopied. And despite the most careful and painstaking efforts of scribes and publishers down through the centuries, errors of one sort or another have crept in and have been reproduced. Sorting out the errors and determining the original wording is the task of textual criticism. In fact, the task of textual criticism is so daunting and detailed that it is divided between Old Testament textual critics and New Testament textual critics. That is why nearly every book on the subject focuses on the textual criticism of either the Old or New Testament. But if you are one of those interested in a general understanding of textual criticism, this book introduces you to textual criticism of the whole Bible--the Hebrew Old Testament and the Greek New Testament. In plain language and with ample illustration, Paul D. Wegner gives you an overview of the history and methods, aims and results of textual criticism. In the process you will gain an appreciation for the vast work that has been accomplished in preserving the text of Scripture and find a renewed confidence in its reliability.
  

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Contents

Abbreviations
13
Preface
19
Transmissional Errors Occurring in the Bible
44
Transmission of the Biblical Texts
58
Old Testament TeXtual Criticism
87
Modern Diplomatic Editions of the Hebrew Bible
106
Determining the Most Plausible Original Reading
120
Getting to Know the Sources of Old Testament Textual Criticism
140
Modern Eclectic Editions of the Greek Bible
223
Determining the Most Plausible Reading
229
Getting to Know the Sources of New Testament Textual Criticism
256
Additional Ancient Versions for Old
267
Conclusion
298
Permissions
311
Subject Index
319
Scripture Index
332

New Testament Textual Criticism
205

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About the author (2006)

Paul D. Wegner (Ph.D., Kings College, University of London) is a professor of Old Testament with a specialty in the study of Isaiah. He taught at Phoenix Seminary for eleven years and, before that, at Moody Bible Institute for nearly thirteen years. He is the author of A Student ́s Guide to Textual Criticism: Its History, Methods, and Results (IVP, 2006), The Journey from Texts to Translations:The Origin and Development of the Bible (Baker Academic, 2004) and Using Old Testament Hebrew Preaching: A Guide for Students and Pastors (Kregel Academic, 2009).

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