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A Student's Guide to Textual Criticism of the Bible

, 2006
ISBN: 9780830866137
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A Student's Guide to Textual Criticism of the Bible presents, in plain language and with ample illustration, an overview of the history and methods, aims and results of textual criticism. In the process, the readers gain an appreciation for the vast work that has been accomplished in preserving the text of Scripture and find a renewed confidence in its reliability.

The Bible has been on a long historical journey since its original composition. Its texts have been copied and recopied. And despite the most careful and painstaking efforts of scribes and publishers down through the centuries, errors of one sort or another have crept in and have been reproduced. Sorting out the errors and determining the original wording is the task of textual criticism.

In fact, the task of textual criticism is so daunting and detailed that it is divided between Old Testament textual critics and New Testament textual critics. That is why nearly every book on the subject focuses on the textual criticism of either the Old or New Testament. But if you are one of those interested in a general understanding of textual criticism, A Student's Guide to Textual Criticism of the Bible introduces you to textual criticism of the whole Bible—the Hebrew Old Testament and the Greek New Testament.

Here, at last, is a well-written, succinctly stated, wisely selected history and wonderfully illustrated textual criticism guide that covers both testaments in one volume. Where others have often made this science sound arcane and obtuse, Paul Wegner has skillfully described textual criticism in plain but ample and interesting ways. I highly recommend it to all serious Bible students, but especially to seminary faculty who must juggle book budgets and who up to now have had to order a separate text in this area for each testament.

—Walter C. Kaiser Jr., President and Colman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor of Old Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

No introductory textbook to textual criticism of the Bible measures up to A Student's Guide to Textual Criticism of the Bible. It uniquely combines Old Testament and New Testament textual criticism into one handy, delightfully illustrated volume. Paul Wegner writes for students, successfully guiding them through the text's long and complex journey by his clear style, objectivity and arresting photographs. General readers of the Bible will appreciate this introduction to the textual notes in their Bibles.

—Bruce K. Waltke, Professor of Old Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary, and Emeritus Professor of Old Testament, Regent College

  • Title: A Student’s Guide to Textual Criticism of the Bible: Its History, Methods and Results
  • Author: Paul D. Wegner
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Print Publication Date: 2006
  • Logos Release Date: 2007
  • Pages: 334
  • Era: era:Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible › Criticism, textual
  • ISBN: 9780830866137
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2020-03-24T22:34:46Z

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  1. Paul Gibson

    Paul Gibson

    over 1 year ago

    I was impressed with the amount of information in here, and the writing was well done and easy to follow. Although I've read a few other books on Textual Criticism (Metzger: The Text of the New Testament... and a few others), I was able to pick up a lot of information which other books didn't present (at least not this clearly). This is a bit long for a beginner, but each section has an extensive list of resources for additional reading.

  2. Gary R. Niston

    Gary R. Niston

    over 2 years ago

  3. Lincoln A. Bovee'

    Lincoln A. Bovee'

    about 3 years ago

  4. Malua Library eBooks

    Malua Library eBooks

    almost 4 years ago

  5. Ray Timmermans

    Ray Timmermans

    over 4 years ago

  6. Ezra Thang

    Ezra Thang

    over 4 years ago


  7. Josh


    over 4 years ago

    An excellent and very comprehensive overview. However, I wish Wegner would have spent more time defending his position (reasoned eclecticism) against the divisive Byzantine-priority approach.

  8. Alejandro A. Salazar

    Alejandro A. Salazar

    about 5 years ago

    very good!

  9. James


    about 6 years ago

  10. Jim Wait

    Jim Wait

    over 6 years ago

  11. Veli Voipio

    Veli Voipio

    almost 7 years ago

    Clear and systematic enough so I understood this subject for the first time. It also has all the essential information about the subject.

  12. John Goodman

    John Goodman

    over 7 years ago

  13. Andreshome


    over 7 years ago

  14. Gary Pajkos

    Gary Pajkos

    almost 8 years ago

  15. Clifford B. Kvidahl

    Clifford B. Kvidahl

    almost 8 years ago

  16. Sakarias Ingolfsson

    Sakarias Ingolfsson

    about 9 years ago

    While I was studying biblical greek I realized that I did not know anything about how the text had been transmitted from autographs to the small book I was holding in my hands. Since this was not taught at my seminary I realized that I had study the subject on my own. Having recently discovered Libronix, I headed over to the website and bought this book. I found the book to be very clear and readable. It is devided into sections that the inexperienced student was able to digest, and I found each chapter to be more interesting than the last. The pictures are a nice touch and the tables are relevant. I felt I was given a thorough, but still not too difficult introduction to the subject. Both the OT and NT side of textual criticism is examined as well as the general topics like the study of transmissional errors. Like most recent work in NT textual criticism this book embraces the methods and results produced by Kurt Aland and Bruce Metzger. Though this is common I would have liked to see a chapter where other methods were examined, particularly what Wegner calls the "Byzantine-priority approach". In fact I believe he is a bit unfair in opposing it to Alands "balanced use of internal and external evidence" on page 239.


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