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An Introduction to New Testament Textual Criticism

Keith Elliott
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  • Date Published: March 1992
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521364331


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  • A general survey of the study of New Testament manuscripts that outlines for students of the New Testament the basic tools and skills involved in studying those manuscripts. The present edition is a thoroughly revised and updated version of the late Léon Vaganay's Initiation a la critique du Nouveau Testament, published in 1933, and each section of that original work has been brought up to date in light of the latest research in the field. Providing as it does a wide overview, rather than a step-by-step introduction, the book looks at its subject thematically, and its four sections cover, respectively, the nature and character of the documents themselves; the methods of studying them; the history of the texts before they were printed; and their history subsequent to their printing. Prominent throughout is a concern to relate the subject to an enquiry into the earliest history of the New Testament (prior to 200 AD), which provides an interesting personal perspective on an issue of some debate, yet without neglecting to examine conflicting opinions and views.

    • This is a handbook which will prove invaluable to large numbers of NT scholars and students
    • Textual criticism is a fundamental component of biblical studies, and its basic tenets need to be understood by students when they tackle Greek NT texts
    • While providing basic information about the subject, it gives additional information about NT manuscripts which should prove to be of interest to more advanced scholars
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    "On the whole, the discussion is concise, informative, and enlightening....a must read for anyone interseted in the NT text." Bart D. Ehrman, Religious Studies Review

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    • Date Published: March 1992
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521364331
    • length: 252 pages
    • dimensions: 224 x 146 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword to the English translation Keith Elliott
    Translator's preface
    Foreword to the first French edition
    Preface to the second French edition
    1. The sources of textual criticism
    2. The method of textual criticism
    3. The history of the written text
    4. The history and the future of the printed text
    Index of names and subjects
    Index of authors.

  • Authors

    Lion Vaganay

    Christian-Bernard Amphoux, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris


    Jenny Heimerdinger


    Keith Elliott, University of Leeds


    Keith Elliott

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