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Classic Studies on New Testament Textual Criticism (11 vols.)
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This collection of classic works provides a wealth of resources for understanding the history and foundational principles of textual criticism. You'll learn from renowned New Testament scholars, such as Hort, Scrivener, Abbot, and others. Several volumes offer helpful introductions to textual criticism for beginning and advanced levels of study. Scrivener’s Six Lectures on the Text of the New Testament and the Ancient Manuscripts Which Contain It provides a substantive orientation to the field for those who don’t know Greek, while his two-volume A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament provides advanced students and scholars with an extensive treatment of the discipline. Other volumes offer focused application of textual criticism to important readings, such as μονογενης θεος (unique God) in John 1:18, and provide in-depth analyses of important topics like palaeography and papyrology.

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Key Features

  • Classic texts on New Testament textual criticism from experts
  • Introductions and handbooks on New Testament textual criticism
  • Text critical analysis of the textual variant μονογενης θεος (unique God) in Scripture and tradition

Individual Titles

Critical Essays

  • Author: Ezra Abbot
  • Publisher: Geo. H. Ellis
  • Publication Date: 1888
  • Pages: 389

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This classic text from noted biblical scholar Ezra Abbot contains essays on a variety of important topics in textual criticism and New Testament studies. Abbot’s essays include discussions of papyrus production, the comparative antiquity of Codex Sinaiticus and Vaticanus, the pioneering work of Constantine von Tischendorf, and the New Testament verse divisions. Abbot also provides extensive discussion of the most important critical editions of the Greek New Testament, including Buttman and Westcott and Hort. He also offers analyses of several of the most important textual issues in the New Testament, such as μονογενηςθεος (unique God) in John 1:18 and the construction of Romans 9:5.

Ezra Abbot (1819–1884) earned his MA from Bowdoin College in 1843. For fifteen years, Abbot worked as an assistant librarian for Harvard College. In 1871, he was named as a lecturer of New Testament textual criticism, and from 1872 until his death, he served as Bussey Professor of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Harvard Divinity School. He is also the author of The Authorship of the Fourth Gospel: External Evidences.

A Course of Developed Criticism on Passages of the New Testament Materially Affected by Various Readings

  • Author: Thomas Sheldon Green
  • Publisher: Samuel Bagster and Sons
  • Publication Date: 1856
  • Pages: 192

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This distinct text offers a textual analysis of the New Testament with a focus on passages whose meanings are significantly affected by variant readings in the manuscript tradition. While the vast majority of alternate readings dealt with in textual criticism consist of largely inconsequential variations such as spelling, the interpretation and exegesis of several passages is notably affected by which variant is adopted. It is these passages that Thomas Sheldon Green deals with in this helpful study.

Thomas Sheldon Green (1803–1876) was a fellow of Christ’s College, Cambridge, and headmaster of the grammar school Ashby de la Souch.

The Words of the New Testament as Altered by Transmission and Ascertained by Modern Criticism: For Popular Use

  • Author: William Milligan and Alexander Roberts
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 1873
  • Pages: 262

This text offers the first guide to biblical criticism tailored for a popular audience. Part one offers a helpful grammar of textual criticism, including discussions of the nature and number of textual variants in the New Testament, the ancient manuscripts of the New Testament, ancient versions of Scripture, the use of the New Testament in extrabiblical ancient sources, and a history of biblical criticism as a discipline. Part two presents the method of examining textual evidence and determining the original reading of the text. Part three concludes with a discussion of the implications of textual criticism for biblical studies.

William Milligan (1821–1993) was professor of divinity and biblical criticism at the University of Aberdeen.

Alexander Roberts (1826–1901) was professor of humanity at the University of St. Andrew’s.

The Critical Handbook of the Greek New Testament

  • Author: Edward Cushing Mitchell
  • Edition: New and Enlarged
  • Publisher: Harper & Brothers
  • Publication Date: 1896
  • Pages: 270

It has been said that the task of exegesis cannot happen without first reconstructing the original text of Scripture through textual criticism. This classic text presents a thorough guide to the New Testament criticism dedicated to ministers of the Word who “desire to know ‘the certainty of the words wherein they have been instructed.’” In part one, Edward Cushing Mitchell presents data from historical, pagan, and Christian sources on the New Testament text. Part two presents a history of the New Testament canon, and part three presents a history of the textual tradition of the New Testament, covering different manuscript families and types, as well as principles of textual criticism.

Edward Cushing Mitchell (1829–1900), DD, was president of Leland University in New Orleans.

A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament, vol. 1

  • Author: Frederick Henry Ambrose Scrivener
  • Editor: Edward Miller
  • Edition: 4th
  • Publisher: George Bell and Sons
  • Publication Date: 1894
  • Pages: 418

This classic text by one of the greatest textual critics offers an extensive introduction to New Testament textual criticism, tailored with the student in mind. Scrivener also includes several lithographed plates to illustrate issues and principles through actual examples from New Testament manuscripts.

Volume one covers preliminary matters, an introduction to Greek manuscripts in general, and specific uncial and miniscule manuscripts of each section of the New Testament.

Frederick Henry Ambrose Scrivener (1813–1891) was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge; he published a variety of works of New Testament scholarship while working as a clergyman and headmaster. In an age when previously unknown manuscript fragments of New Testament texts were being discovered, his skills as a transcriber and collator of these texts were greatly respected. He is the editor of The New Testament in Greek and The Cambridge Paragraph Bible of the Authorized English Version.

Edward Miller (1825–1901) was a fellow and tutor of New College, Oxford.

A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament, vol. 2

  • Author: Frederick Henry Ambrose Scrivener
  • Editor: Edward Miller
  • Edition: 4th
  • Publisher: George Bell and Sons
  • Publication Date: 1894
  • Pages: 428

This classic text by one of the greatest textual critics offers an extensive introduction to New Testament textual criticism, tailored with the student in mind. Scrivener also includes several lithographed plates to illustrate issues and principles through actual examples from New Testament manuscripts.

Volume two provides extensive discussion of versional witnesses to the textual history of the New Testament and early printed and critical editions. Scrivener then discusses the principles of textual criticism applied to the text, a history of the New Testament text, and various critical theories of New Testament textual criticism. Volume two concludes with an extensive sampling of passages illustrating the principles taught in the book.

Frederick Henry Ambrose Scrivener (1813–1891) was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge; he published a variety of works of New Testament scholarship while working as a clergyman and headmaster. In an age when previously unknown manuscript fragments of New Testament texts were being discovered, his skills as a transcriber and collator of these texts were greatly respected. He is the editor of The New Testament in Greek and The Cambridge Paragraph Bible of the Authorized English Version.

Edward Miller (1825–1901) was a fellow and tutor of New College, Oxford.

Six Lectures on the Text of the New Testament and the Ancient Manuscripts Which Contain It: Chiefly Addressed to Those Who Do Not Read Greek

  • Author: Frederick Henry Ambrose Scrivener
  • Publisher: George Bell and Sons
  • Publication Date: 1877
  • Pages: 216

In this popular-level volume, master textual critic Frederick Henry Ambrose Scrivener presents six lectures on significance and principles of textual criticism for people who have not yet learned Greek. Scrivener gives an introductory orientation to the field and discusses the most important manuscripts of the Greek New Testament. He then discusses important ancient versions and their bearing on textual criticism, concluding with a discussion and explanation of the most important passages that require text critical assessment.

Frederick Henry Ambrose Scrivener (1813–1891) was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge; he published a variety of works of New Testament scholarship while working as a clergyman and headmaster. In an age when previously unknown manuscript fragments of New Testament texts were being discovered, his skills as a transcriber and collator of these texts were greatly respected. He is the editor of The New Testament in Greek and The Cambridge Paragraph Bible of the Authorized English Version.

Outlines of Textual Criticism Applied to the New Testament

  • Author: C. E. Hammond
  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1890
  • Pages: 130

C. E. Hammond wrote this volume, born out of a long career of teaching at Oxford, to provide an introduction to New Testament textual criticism that incorporated the most recent breakthroughs in research. In this way, Outlines of Textual Criticism Applied to the New Testament supplements Scrivener’s standard two-volume A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament, which was first published in 1854.

C. E. Hammond (1837–1914) was educated at Exeter College, Oxford. He served as a fellow and tutor from 1859 to 1873 and then as a lecturer until 1882. Hammond was ordained as an Anglican priest in 1862 and was a chaplain at the Oxford Female Penitentiary until 1882, when he moved to become the rector of Wooton, Northamptonshire. In 1903, he became the examining chaplain to the bishop of Truro and proctor in convocation for the diocese of Truro. Hammond is also the author of Liturgies Eastern and Western.

Handbook to the Textual Criticism of the New Testament

  • Author: Frederic George Kenyon
  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1901
  • Pages: 321

This classic handbook on textual criticism is a helpful reference work, with discussions of the papyri, uncial and miniscule manuscripts, ancient versions, and patristic quotations of the New Testament. This volume also provides many plates of important manuscripts for a firsthand look at the textual tradition of the New Testament.

Frederic George Kenyon (1863–1952) was the assistant keeper of manuscripts at the British museum and fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford. He received an honorary PhD from Halle and an honorary DLitt from Durham.

The Palaeography of Greek Papyri

  • Author: Frederic George Kenyon
  • Publisher: Clarendon Press
  • Publication Date: 1899
  • Pages: 160

This intriguing volume presents a thorough discussion of palaeography—a foundational subject for the field of textual criticism. Frederic George Kenyon provides an orientation to the discipline and discusses various types and periods of papyri manuscripts, as well as the transition to velum. Appendixes provide helpful tables and lists covering papyri alphabets, catalogues of manuscripts, a bibliography of palaeography, and various symbols and ligatures used in papyri manuscripts.

Frederic George Kenyon (1863–1952) was the assistant keeper of manuscripts at the British museum and fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford. He received an honorary PhD from Halle and an honorary DLitt from Durham.

Two Dissertations: I on ΜΟΝΟΓΕΝΗΣ ΘΕΟΣ in Scripture and Tradition; II on the ‘Constantinopolitan’ Creed and Other Eastern Creeds of the Fourth Century

  • Author: Fenton John Anthony Hort
  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1876
  • Pages: 150

The purpose of this work was to fill a gap in the scholarly literature on one of the most controversial and significant textual variants in the whole Bible—μονογενης θεος (unique God) in John 1:18. Renowned scholar F. J. A. Hort takes on this task with scholarly precision and erudition. He carefully examines the evidence for this important reading from the textual evidence of the Greek New Testament, Greek, Latin, and Ethiopic traditions, and the Nicene Creed. Hort then provides a valuable text-critical analysis of the fourth-century Eastern creeds.

Fenton John Anthony Hort (1828–1892) was the Hulsean Professor of Divinity at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He is most famous for his work in the Westcott-Hort Greek New Testament, written with Brooke Foss Westcott. He is also the author of Introduction to the New Testament in the Original Greek, The Apocalypse of St. John: The Greek Text with Introduction, Commentary and Notes, and Six Lectures on the Ante-Nicene Fathers.

Product Details

  • Title: Classic Studies on New Testament Textual Criticism
  • Volumes: 11
  • Pages: 2,936