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New Testament Textual Criticism: A Concise Guide

ISBN: 9781441257277
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Which translation of the New Testament carries the most authority? What are the criteria for evaluation? This beginner's introduction presents the fundamentals of textual criticism in a concise manner and includes case studies to offer the student helpful examples. It is dedicated to the principle that an understanding of this subject is possible for all students of the Bible. David Alan Black aims to take inquirers behind the dust of scholarship to the living faith that pulsates in the New Testament documents. He attempts to make the findings of scholarship accessible to a wide readership. Pastors and laypersons will especially benefit from this volume.

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“2) Prefer the reading supported in widely separated geographical areas.” (Page 35)

“1) Prefer the reading attested by the oldest manuscripts.” (Page 34)

“3) Prefer the reading supported by the greatest number of text types.” (Page 35)

“3) Prefer the reading that accords best with the author’s style and vocabulary.” (Page 36)

“4) Prefer the reading that best fits the context and/or the author’s theology.” (Page 36)

The best concise introduction to the textual critical study of the Greek New Testament.

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  • Title: New Testament Textual Criticism: A Concise Guide
  • Author: David Alan Black
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 79

David Alan Black (D.Theol.) is professor of New Testament and Greek and the Dr. M.O. Owens Jr. Chair of New Testament Studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also the founding editor of Filologia Neotestamentaria in Córdoba, Spain. Black specialises in New Testament textual criticism. His works include Learn to Read New Testament Greek, Linguisitics and New Testament Interpretation, and Interpreting the New Testament.


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  1. Paul Gibson

    Paul Gibson


    The book New Testament Textual Criticism: A Concise Guide is very short, but it contains a nice introduction to Textual Criticism. The last chapter in the book gives some specific examples of textual criticism, with a few pages devoted to John 3:23. New Testament Textual Criticism: A Concise Guide is a good introduction for someone casually interested in learning what Textual Criticism is. For people who want more than surface knowledge, I’d recommend: Wegner, Paul D. A Student’s Guide to Textual Criticism of the Bible: Its History, Methods and Results. Another good book is: Wilkins, Don and Edward D. Andrews. The Text of the New Testament: The Science and Art of Textual Criticism. For people serious about learning textual criticism, try: Metzger, Bruce M. The Text of the Testament: Its Transmission, Corruption and Restoration. I’d also recommend Hixson, Elijah and Gurry, Peter J. Myths and Mistakes in New Testament Textual Criticism.
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