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An Introduction to the New Testament Manuscripts and their Texts


  • Date Published: July 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521895538

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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.

    • 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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    '… anyone interested in the subject should drop whatever else they are doing and go and buy it … Brilliant, lucid, learned, nuanced, and able to look at things from lots of different angles. Also provocative, stimulating, informative and interesting.' Peter M. Head, Lecturer in New Testament, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge and Tyndale House

    'Parker is brilliant … trained researchers will find in this book an impressive amount of useful and up-to-date information. … those taking their first steps in this thorny field will unquestionably take advantage of this volume either as a textbook or as a reference tool. It is unlikely that, while reading it, they will not be captured by the deep fascination for manuscripts its author transmits in every single page; that, perhaps, is the best lesson he gives.' Reformation

    '… [Professor] Parker … admits, as all genuine scholars do, that 'I am struck by how little we know … about almost everything I have written about'. That one sentence should be sufficient proof of this book's value to any doubters.' Contemporary Review

    'This is a wonderful book. An almost uncanny combination of erudition and common sense, it should be read by anyone interested in New Testament textual criticism.' Kathleen Maxwell, Santa Clara University

    'Clear and pedagogically creative, Parker's book is a welcome and refreshing addition to the field.' Will Deming, University of Portland

    'I found reading Parker's Introduction intellectually refreshing and enjoyable. Parker engages the study of the manuscripts and their texts in all their complexity with a sense of respect, curiosity and awe which is contagious. I recommend the text to any thoughtful reader who has ever wondered about the development and transmission of Christian thought and scriptures.' David W. Odell-Scott, Kent State University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2008
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521895538
    • length: 400 pages
    • dimensions: 233 x 155 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.75kg
    • 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:
    7. Revelation
    8. Paul
    9. Acts and the Catholic Epistles
    10. The gospels
    11. Final thoughts

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  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Elementary Greek 1
    • History and Literature of Early Christianity
    • Message of the New Testament
    • Modern Apologetics
    • Nature of Religious Experience
    • The Birth of the New Testament
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    D. C. Parker, University of Birmingham
    D. C. Parker is Edward Cadbury Professor of Theology in the Department of Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham. His publications include The Living Text of the Gospels (1997) and Codex Bezae: An Early Christian Manuscript and its Text (1992).

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