Understanding Textual Criticism Just Got Much Easier

Textual criticism can be pretty intimidating. Sometimes, it’s hard to even know where to start. Today, I’ll show you how you can incorporate this essential task into your study using Logos 6. You can investigate textual differences in the Bible at any level, consult textual commentaries, browse all of your apparatuses, compare modern Greek and Hebrew editions as well as ancient versions, or get access to the original manuscripts—all in one place.

Let me walk you through a textual variant in the Gospel of John and show you how to discover the original reading of this text:

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Get started with textual criticism

There are loads of resources you can use to dig into the Textual Variants section. Here are a few I recommend:

  • The Textual Variants Collection: Specially curated to power the Textual Variants section in the Exegetical Guide, this collection includes resources that pull the original-language texts from numerous commentaries and codices, letting you view overviews and commentary on missing or extraneous passages, and compare primary texts with modern translations.
  • Nestle-Aland Greek New Testament, 28th Edition: The basis for almost every modern Bible translation, NA28 is an essential resource, especially for text criticism.
  • Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia: Based upon the Leningrad Codex B19A, the oldest dated manuscript of the complete Hebrew Bible, the Logos edition of Biblia Hebraica is fully tagged to feed into the Textual Variants section.

To take advantage of all the tools and features I’ve shared with you today, you need Logos 6 Gold and above. Find the base package that’s right for you.

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