An Introduction to New Testament Textual Criticism

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 14, 1991 - Religion - 227 pages
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A general survey of the study of New Testament manuscripts that outlines for students of the New Testament the basic tools and skills involved in studying those manuscripts. The present edition is a thoroughly revised and updated version of the late Léon Vaganay's Initiation a la critique du Nouveau Testament, published in 1933, and each section of that original work has been brought up to date in light of the latest research in the field. Providing as it does a wide overview, rather than a step-by-step introduction, the book looks at its subject thematically, and its four sections cover, respectively, the nature and character of the documents themselves; the methods of studying them; the history of the texts before they were printed; and their history subsequent to their printing. Prominent throughout is a concern to relate the subject to an enquiry into the earliest history of the New Testament (prior to 200 AD), which provides an interesting personal perspective on an issue of some debate, yet without neglecting to examine conflicting opinions and views.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Greek manuscripts
10
The versions
26
Quotations made in early writings
46
THE METHOD OF TEXTUAL CRITICISM
52
External criticism
62
Internal criticism
79
the eclectic method
86
The reign of the textus receptus 16331831
136
The fall of the textus receptus 1831 1934
145
The era of documentation 1935 90
162
BIBLIOGRAPHY
172
Names of the libraries in full
182
Critical editions of Patristic writings
190
Works concerning manuscripts and New Testament
196
Index of modern authors and editors
209

The period of limited control AD 313 around AD 850
111
The period of standardisation AD 850 the sixteenth century
123
THE HISTORY AND THE FUTURE OF
129

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Jenny Read-Heimerdinger is a Research Fellow at the University of Wales, Bangor, UK as well as teaching in universities worldwide as a Visiting Lecturer.

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