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Rethinking New Testament Textual Criticism

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"Readers of this book will be challenged and instructed in the art and science of textual criticism."--Bruce M. Metzger, Princeton Theological Seminary

New Testament textual criticism is an important but often overlooked field of study. Results drawn from textual studies bear important consequences for interpreting the New Testament and cannot be ignored by serious students of Scripture. This book introduces current issues in New Testament textual criticism and surveys the various methods used to determine the original text among variant readings.

These essays from Eldon Jay Epp, Michael Holmes, J. K. Elliott, Maurice Robinson, and Moises Silva provide readers with an excellent introduction to the field of New Testament textual criticism.


"Rethinking New Testament Textual Criticism is based on a symposium where E. J. Epp, M. W. Holmes, J. K. Elliott, and M. A. Robinson made presentations of foundational issues that arise from current approaches to New Testament textual transmission. Especially noteworthy is the closing response, in which Moisés Silva offers a lively and forthright defense of the traditional task that confronts all textual critics. Readers of this book will be challenged and instructed in the art and science of textual criticism."-Bruce M. Metzger, Princeton Theological Seminary

"An important 'turn of the century' contribution to New Testament textual criticism, this book addresses questions of methodology and allows proponents to speak for themselves and to one another. This book should serve as a useful introduction to the major issue in the field. I am glad to commend it."-Gordon Fee, Regent College

The Author

  1. David Alan Black

    David Alan Black

    David Alan Black (DTheol, University of Basel) is senior professor of New Testament and Greek and Dr. M. O. Owens Jr. Chair of New Testament Studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He is the author of...

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"Rethinking New Testament Textual Criticism is a work of confidently recommended scholarship and a welcome contribution to Christian Studies reference collections and reading lists."--The Midwest Book Review

"Written in a manner that both scholar and student will appreciate. The result is a stimulating book, full of insights and furnishing readers with a good idea regarding the current theories and possible future directions for text critical studies. The broad range of the book in presenting three mainline alternatives among textual criticism serves as an excellent introduction to the current situation and should provide a starting point for subsequent studies and discussion. . . . For those interested in a relevant and timely summary regarding issues and concerns within New Testament textual criticism, I highly recommend this book."--Mike Arcieri, ARC: The Journal of the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University

"The real value of the collection lies in its clear articulation of the state of NT textual criticism . . . and of some of the basic tensions between proponents of various methods. The volume will be of most interest to introductory or intermediate students of NT textual criticism."--Kim Haines-Eitzen, Religious Studies Review

"This book serves as an overview of the accomplishments of textual criticism in the twentieth century and as an assessment of the issues still before us as we enter the twenty-first century. . . . Recommended for busy pastors as they work to rightly handle the word of truth."--Thomas Niehof, Calvin Theological Journal

"This book is an excellent resource for anyone wishing to introduce students to NT textual criticism. It is also an excellent place for veteran scholars to update themselves on textual criticism."--John J. Clabeaux, Catholic Biblical Quarterly

"This volume is the best basic introduction available on the approaches taken to New Testament textual criticism. It should be part of every seminarian's library."--Siegfried S. Schatzmann, Southwestern Journal of Theology

"A brief but important collection of studies that rethink aspects of NT textual criticism. . . . Beginning students will be relieved to know that this engaging little book takes the tedium out of textual-criticism theory. It is highly recommended."--Craig A. Evans, Bulletin for Biblical Research