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The New Testament in the Original Greek

Volume 1. Introduction and Appendix


  • Date Published: February 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108007085

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  • The publication in 1881 of The New Testament in the Original Greek, by the Cambridge scholars Brooke Foss Westcott (1825–1901) and Fenton John Anthony Hort (1828–1892), marked the culmination of twenty-eight years of work and an innovation in the theory and methods of New Testament textual criticism. This first of two volumes contains a detailed discussion of the theories and methods behind the reconstructed text, sets out the editors' theory of text-types, and justifies their choice to break with the dominant use of the Textus Receptus. It argues for the Neutral Text, represented by the uncials Codex Vaticanus and Codex Sinaiticus, as being the earliest and least corrupt form. Westcott and Hort's claim to reconstruct the 'original text' may seem extravagant today but according to Bruce Metzger theirs was the 'most noteworthy critical edition of the Greek Testament ever produced by British scholarship'.

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    • Date Published: February 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108007085
    • length: 550 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 31 mm
    • weight: 0.69kg
    • contains: 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Prefatory remarks
    Part 1. The Need of Criticism for the Text of the New Testament:
    1. Transmission by writing
    2. Transmission by printed editions
    3. History of present edition
    Part 2. The Methods of Textual Criticism: Section 1. Internal Evidence of Readings:
    1. Intrinsic probability
    2. Transcriptional probability
    Section 2. Internal Evidence of Documents
    Section 3. Genealogical Evidence:
    1. Simple or divergent genealogy
    2. Genealogy and number
    3. Manner of discovering genealogy
    4. Complications of genealogy by mixture
    5. Applications of genealogy
    6. Variable use of genealogy according to unequal preservation of documents
    Section 4. Internal Evidence of Groups
    Section 5. Recapitulation of Methods in Relation to Each Other
    Section 6. Criticism as Dealing with Errors Antecedent to Existing Texts:
    1. Primitive errors
    2. Removal of primitive errors by conjecture
    Part 3. Application of Principles of Criticism to the Text of the New Testament: Section 1. Preliminary Chronological Survey of Documents:
    1. Greek MSS
    2. Versions
    3. Fathers
    4. Documentary preparation for this edition
    Section 2. Results of Genealogical Evidence Proper:
    1. Determination of the genealogical relations of the chief ancient texts
    2. Characteristics of the chief ancient texts
    3. Sketch of Postnicene textual history
    4. Relations of the principal extant documents to the chief ancient texts
    5. Identification and estimation of readings as belonging to the chief ancient texts
    6. Review of previous criticism with reference to ancient texts
    Section 3. Results of Internal Evidence of Groups and Documents:
    1. Documentary groups as limited by reference to primary Greek MSS generally
    2. Documentary groups as limited by reference to the best primary Greek MSS
    Section 4. Substantial Integrity of the Purest Transmitted Text
    Part 4. Nature and Details of this Edition
    Appendix 1. Notes on select readings
    Appendix 2. Notes on orthographical alternative readings
    Appendix 3. Quotations from the Old Testament.

  • Editors

    Brooke Foss Westcott

    Fenton John Anthony Hort

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