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The Text and Canon of the New Testament


Charles Scribner’s Sons 1913

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In The Text and Canon of the New Testament, Alexander Souter provides a succinct account of the history of the text of the New Testament books and how they were brought together. While exploring the text of the New Testament, Souter covers ancient texts and their transmission, sources of the New Testament text, Greek manuscripts, patristic and early citations, printed editions, and more. While exploring the canon of the New Testament, Souter covers the earliest collections of New Testament books, the books of temporary and local canonicity, the canon from AD 250 to 450 in the west, the canon before and after the Reformation, and much more.

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Key Features

  • Explores how the text of the New Testament was brought together
  • Discussses different periods of the canon
  • Examines a multitude of sources for the New Testament


  • The Text of the New Testament
    • Ancient Texts and Their Transmission
    • Sources of the New Testament Text
    • Greek Manuscripts
    • The Older Versions: Latin and Syriac
    • The Older Versions (Egyptian [Coptic] Versions, Gothic)
    • Secondary Versions
    • Patristic (and Other Early) Citations
    • Printed Editions of the Greek New Testament and Versions
    • Principles of Criticism, Etc.
    • The Future Outlook
  • The Canon of the New Testament
    • Preliminary: the Idea and the Word
    • Earliest Collections of New Testament Books
    • The Earliest Period for Extensive Quotation (170–220): The Earliest Versions
    • Books of Temporary and Local Canonicity
    • From Origen to Chrysostom in the East
    • From 250 to 450 in the West
    • Conciliar Deliverances
    • The Reformation and Later

Praise for the Print Edition

Students of the New Testament and those interested in the spread of trustworthy information about its history will be grateful for this compact, clearly written, widely informed, and instructive discussion.

Princeton Theological Review

Aside from a good presentation of the general field, the strongest feature of the book lies in the sections of Latin versions.

American Journal of Theology

The volume is small, though the subject is great and complex, but the clear and definite presentation of facts accounts in measure for its size and makes it most serviceable for students.


Product Details

  • Title: The Text and Canon of the New Testament
  • Author: Alexander Souter
  • Publisher: Charles Scribner’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1913
  • Pages: 254

About Alexander Souter

Alexander Souter (1873–1949) was born in Perth, Scotland. He was educated at the University of Aberdeen and the University of Cambridge. From 1903 to 1910, he served as Yates Professor of New Testament Greek and Exegesis at Mansfield College, Oxford. From 1911 to 1937 he served as Regius Professor of Humanities at the University of Aberdeen.

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