The focus of textual criticism is analyzing the history and transmission of a text. With the wealth of New Testament manuscripts that have been preserved from antiquity, scholars have been able to reconstruct for us a trustworthy and reliable text of the New Testament we can trust and use in our daily studies.
Hermann von Soden’s Die Schriften des Neuen Testaments, originally published in four volumes from 1902–13, is an important contribution to the study and history of the New Testament text. Von Soden introduced a new theory of classifying manuscripts, thus making his critical edition of the Greek text a essential tool for the student of the New Testament.
With Logos, you can incorporate von Soden’s critical text into your study of textual variants. When opened side-by-side with the Nestle-Aland and Tischendorf apparatuses, you have the amazing opportunity to see for yourself the history and transmission of the New Testament text.
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For the scholar who knows German, the introductory material (vol. 1–3) will be a valuable resource for understanding von Soden's methodology and conclusions.
Hermann von Soden (1852–1914) was a German biblical scholar educated at the University of Tübingen. He ministered at Dresden-Striesenand, and the Jerusalem Church in Berlin. He was also Professor of Divinity at the University of Berlin. Von Soden was the author of Philipperbrief and “Untersuchungen über Neutestamentliche Schriften” in Protestantisches Jahrbuch für theologische Studien und Schriftkommentar.