The story of the making of the New Testament is one in which scrolls bumped across cobbled Roman roads and pitched through rolling Mediterranean seas, finally finding their destinations in stuffy, dimly lit Christian house churches in Corinth or Colossae. There they were read aloud and reread, handled and copied, forwarded and collected, studied and treasured. And eventually they were brought together to make up our New Testament.
This revised and expanded edition of The Making of the New Testament is a textbook introduction to the origin, collection, copying, and canonizing of the New Testament documents. Like shrewd detectives reading subtle whispers of evidence, biblical scholars have studied the trail of clues and pieced together the story of these books. Arthur Patzia tells the story, answering our many questions:
Explore these questions and more about these Scriptures whose every day, gritty story rings true to their extraordinary message: the palpable mystery of the Word made flesh.
If you like this resource be sure to check out IVP New Testament Studies Collection (14 vols.).
Patzia has produced a clear, lucid and comprehensive beginning introduction to matters concerning the origin and formation of the NT canon, textual criticism, and historical criticism.