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Some Thoughts on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament
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Some Thoughts on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament


John Murray 1897

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George Salmon analyzes the history of New Testament textual criticism up to 1897. He explains the major issues in biblical text criticism, including Westcott and Hort’s nomenclature, the Syrian Textus Receptus, the omissions of the Western text, the synoptic problem, and the problem of accounting for Western variations. Though he asks critical questions, Salmon concludes with the assertion, “The doubt that hangs over a few determinations [of the text] does not affect the certainty of our faith.”

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Key Features

  • Details the history of New Testament textual criticism
  • Explores several significant issues in biblical textual criticism
  • Provides insight into critical analysis of the New Testament

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About George Salmon

George Salmon (1819–1904) was an Anglican theologian and mathematician. He graduated from Trinity College, Dublin in 1839. He became a fellow and professor of mathematics at Trinity College in 1841 at the age of 21. He was ordained in the Church of Ireland in 1845 and was concurrently appointed to a professorship in theology at Trinity. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society and received the Copley Medal for his work in mathematics, but by 1889 he was exclusively devoted to theology. He spent his entire career at Trinity College and was provost from 1888 until his death in 1904. He wrote several mathematical and theological texts, including A Treatise on Conic Sections, The Evidences of the Work of the Holy Spirit: A Sermon, Infallibility of the Church, and An Historical Introduction to the Study of the Books of the New Testament.