The Encyclopedia of New Testament Textual Criticism
Robert B. Waltz
This is a PDF based on the contents of a web site I’ve been working on for decades. I do not believe I will ever entirely finish it. But I wanted to make it available. Textual criticism is the process of recovering an ancient document from late and corrupt manuscript copies; New Testament Textual Criticism consists of trying to figure out what the New Testament originally said before scribes messed it up. Dedicated to Dr. Sally Amundson and Dr. Carol Elizabeth Anway and Lily. This version, from July 20, 2013, will probably be the last; the file is almost too large to edit.
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The Encyclopedia of New Testament Textual Criticism is just what the title implies. The materials of New Testament textual criticism are systematically described, as well as text-critical theories, text-types, jargon, canons, major figures in the history of the field, and much more. This is the most thorough and most up-to-date single volume on New Testament textual criticism that can be obtained today. In some ways, it is an introduction, but the reader who becomes familiar with all its contents will have far more than an introductory level of familiarity with the general subject.
Of special note is Appendix IX, a collection of variant-units which have posed special difficulty for textual critics.
The Encyclopedia of New Testament Textual Criticism is not perfect, of course -- typographical errors remain in the text and sometimes mar evidence-lists -- but it is an achievement of high quality.