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  • Paperback: 396 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.; 2 Revised edition (March 25, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802840981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802840981
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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81 of 83 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 13, 1996
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The Text of the New Testament is the most detailed work on New Testament textual criticism available in the English language. In it, the Alands (significant contributors to both the Nestle-Aland 27th and the GNT fourth editions of the Greek New Testament) trace the history of the Greek texts from ancient times all the way through to an informative comparison of the modern critical editions. It is written at a level that can be easily understood by students with no previous knowledge in either textual criticism or Greek. However, its value to scholars cannot be over-estimated. The book includes detailed descriptions of every New Testament papyri and uncial manuscript, and details the most important miniscules as well. Its abundant tables and charts enable the reader to locate early manuscripts by date, content, length, and text "family." The Text of the New Testament should be required reading for anyone interested in the history of the Greek New Testament, and also for anyone int
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72 of 76 people found the following review helpful By I.S on February 1, 2006
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The material below is from David A. Black's New Testament Textual Criticism: A Concise Guide, 1994, Baker Books: Grand Rapids (MI), pp. 36-39.

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Today, four approaches to textual criticism can be seen among New Testament scholars. Each of the four current approaches may be identified with individual scholars. For the sake of convenience, these approaches may be called Radical Eclecticism, Reasoned Eclecticism, Reasoned Conservatism, and Radical Conservatism. The term "eclectic" means that the scholar tends to view each textual variant on its own merits instead of blindly following one manuscript or group of manuscripts. The term "conservative" is used here to refer to a generally high view of the traditional Byzantine text type and/or the Textus Receptus.

A. Radical Eclecticism (G. D. Kilpatrick, J. K. Elliott)

Radical Eclecticism holds to what may be called a purely eclectic text. This approach prefers a text based solely on internal evidence. Adherents of this view argue that since the history of the New Testament text is untraceable, none of the text types carries any weight. Hence the reading of any manuscript may be original, since no manuscript or group of manuscripts is "best". An eclectic scholar will thus choose the reading that commends itself as best fitting the context, whether in style or thought. This view, held primarily by a minority of British scholars, has been criticized for ignoring the value and importance of the external evidence, particularly the Greek manuscripts.

B. Reasoned Eclecticism (B. M. Metzger, K.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 31, 2002
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This book sets the scene for the New Testament text, its transmission and the extant manuscripts. The book is not quite as interesting a read as Metzger's book which is more readable. However this book benefits in a much higher level of detail regarding certain aspects of the mss, as well as giving a very detailed introduction to the use of the aparatus of the NA26 and UBS3 Greek New Testaments, which is no doubt essential for someone who desires to understand these in every detail. It also deals in much more detail with other modern editions of the Greek New Testament, their pros and cons.
In response to the other commentators and the Alexandrian texts. It is not really in the scope of this book or Metzger's to really prove their opinions of various manuscripts and their individual value. That really becomes clear when the entire New Testament tradition is studied as a whole and entails considerable work. Those criticizing Aland and Metzger et. al. in my experience do so from a position of ignorance as armchair critics.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Eric Campell on February 24, 2002
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Kurt Aland is second to none in his knowledge of the greek manuscripts. (although a case could be made for Bruce Metzger)
I constantly use this book for reference. This book, and Metzger's "Text of the New Testament" are both top of the line books on textual criticism.
If you're a serious Bible student, and want to know which manuscripts are the most "weighty", and why certain readings are chosen over other variant reading to go in the NT Text we have today....this is the book for you!
Eric
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Kurt and Barbara Aland wrote "The Text of the New Testament" to serve as an introduction and guide to either the Nestle-Aland or United Bible Societies Greek critical texts, both of which Kurt Aland had a hand in. The first edition of this book was published in 1982, so it refers to the NA26 and USB3 (which the authors call GNT) instead of the current NA27 and USB4.That doesn't seem to matter, as the comments on the two editions' strengths and their critical apparatuses apply to the current editions. You don't need to read Greek to read this book. Although it occasionally uses short Greek examples, it is easy to understand the point that is being illustrated without being able to read the Greek. It is written as an introduction to the Greek text, but it can also serve as an introduction to the practice of textual criticism of the New Testament for the more general reader.

Before they get into the practical challenges of textual criticism, the authors take us through the history of printed editions of the Greek New Testament from 1514 until the NA26 in the late 20th century, explaining how editors through the ages arrived at their versions of the Greek text. "The Text of the New Testament" does not attempt to explain or challenge competing theories of textual criticism. It takes the methodology behind the NA and USB texts for granted, as it is introducing those texts. The Alands are adherents of some version of "reasoned eclecticism" which Kurt Aland has described as a "local-genealogical method". The authors stress the importance in understanding the history of the Church in evaluating manuscripts, and they favor the Alexandrian texts while being fairly dismissive of the Byzantine.
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