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This book is a major English-language introduction to the earliest manuscripts of the New Testament. An essential handbook for scholars and students, it provides a thorough grounding in the study and editing of the New Testament text combined with an emphasis on the dramatic current developments in the field. Covering ancient sources in Greek, Syriac, Latin and Coptic, it: • Describes the manuscripts and other ancient textual evidence, and the tools needed to study them • Deals with textual criticism and textual editing, describing modern approaches and techniques, with guidance on the use of editions • Introduces the witnesses and textual study of each of the main sections of the New Testament, discussing typical variants and their significance. A companion website with full-colour images provides generous amounts of illustrative material, bringing the subject alive for the reader.Read more
- Will provide an excellent guide for those approaching New Testament textual criticism for the first time
- Includes practical advice on research resources and techniques
- Accompanied by a website with colour images and guidance to selected features
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"This work fills a current need for an up-to-date presentation of the discipline for students, and also will serve as a valuable resource for all scholars in New Testament studies." --ChoiceSee more reviews
"[Parker offers] a fascinating and often humorous look into the world of manuscript studies and textual criticism."
-Laura J. Hunt, Moody Theological Seminary
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- Date Published: September 2008
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521895538
- length: 400 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
- weight: 0.7kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. The Documents:
1. The study of the manuscripts
2. Practical skills in the study of manuscripts
3. Other types of witness
Part II. Textual Criticism and Editions:
4. Manuscripts as tradents of the text
5. Textual criticism
6. Editions and how to use them
Part III. The Sections of the New Testament:
9. Acts and the Catholic Epistles
10. The gospels
11. Final thoughts
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