The Text of the New Testament: Its Transmission, Corruption, and Restoration

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Oxford University Press, 2005 - Religion - 366 pages
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This thoroughly revised edition of Bruce M. Metzger's classic work is the most up-to-date manual available for the textual criticism of the New Testament. The Text of the New Testament, Fourth Edition, has been invigorated by the addition of Bart D. Ehrman--author of numerous best-selling books on the New Testament--as a coauthor. This revision brings the discussion of such important matters as the early Greek manuscripts and methods of textual criticism up to date, integrating recent research findings and approaches into the body of the text (as opposed to previous revisions, which compiled new material and notes into appendices). The authors also examine new areas of interest, including the use of computers in the collection and evaluation of manuscript evidence and the effects that social and ideological influences had upon the work of scribes. The standard text for courses in biblical studies and the history of Christianity since its first publication in 1964, The Text of the New Testament is poised to become a definitive resource for a whole new generation of students.

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Old Testament is called by Jesus, the old cloth full of holes, corruptions and the same Jews entered the Church of God bringing in the rotten Old Testament and patched it with the New Testament
. Now, the people are so confused that they do not know who created Adam and Eve? Or in whose name John, the Baptist baptised sensible Jewish men in water? Why he did not baptise women or Gentile? 

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Another respected teacher, who disrespects God's words.
God gives us a stern warning not to add or take away from His words, calling those who tamper with His words accursed. If you do a comparison
between the different "Bible" versions, you will find that they are not all made equal. I wouldn't ask you to simply trust in me, but to do further research and find out for yourself. The King James Bible uses the Masoretic Text of the Hebrews for the Old Testament, and the Antiochan Greek text for the New Testament. Most modern alternatives to the Bible have a foundation built on the Samaritan Torah/Pentateuch and the Westcott and Hort (of the Ghostly Guild) Greek Text. This Westcott and Hort Greek text is also the underlying text used by the Jehovah's Witness Bible, the New World Translation (NWT). Alexandria, was the epicenter so to speak for gnosticism in the ancient world, and what came out of it was the Septuagint (LXX). The Septuagint (LXX) has been highly regarded unfortunately in many colleges and seminaries, I've attended two of them. These teachers were nice men, but unfortunately compromised and went the way of Baalam when it came to protecting the Word of God. When it comes to choosing between fearing God and men, fear God. God's words are a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. His words endure forever. We live by every word which proceeds out of the mouth of God.

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About the author (2005)

Bruce M. Metzger is at Princeton Theological Seminary (Emeritus). Bart D. Ehrman is at University of North Carolina.

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