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

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

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

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

Synopsis

This book offers a comprehensive survey of ancient and newly-discovered manuscripts, and considers both the science and the art of textual criticism as applied to the evaluation of divergent readings of those manuscripts.

Excerpt

During the twenty-five years that have elapsed since the initial publication of this book in 1964, not only have many additional Greek and versional manuscripts of the New Testament come to light, but also a quite considerable amount of text-critical research has been published in both Europe and North America. In this third edition the brief Appendix that was added in 1968 to the second edition ('Checklist of Greek Papyri of the New Testament') has been replaced by a much longer Appendix that reports significant advances made during the past quarter of a century in areas that supplement chapters throughout the book. The Additional Notes for the second edition have been retained.

Princeton, New Jersey B. M. M.

March 1991

Preface to the First Edition

THE necessity of applying textual criticism to the books of the New Testament arises from two circumstances: (a) none of the original documents is extant, and (b) the existing copies differ from one another. The textual critic seeks to ascertain from the divergent copies which form of the text should be regarded as most nearly conforming to the original. In some cases the evidence will be found to be so evenly divided that it is extremely difficult to decide between two variant readings. In other instances, however, the critic can arrive at a decision based on more or less compelling reasons for preferring one reading and rejecting another.

It is the purpose of this book to supply the student with information concerning both the science and the art of textual criticism as applied to the New Testament. The science of textual criticism deals with (a) the making and transmission of ancient manuscripts, (b) the description of the most important witnesses to the New Testament text, and (c) the history of the textual criticism of the New Testament as reflected in the succession of printed editions of the Greek Testament.

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