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The Text of the New Testament: An Introduction to the Critical Editions and to the Theory and Practice of Modern Textual Criticism Paperback – March 25, 1995
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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.Read more ›
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.
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!
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.Read more ›
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An indispensable source to accompany Aland, et. al. Greek New Testament. This volume should be in the library of every serious student of the Greek New Testament.Published 14 months ago by crew chief
I don't know Greek. Always wondered how the Bible came to be. This book is excellent. I have a much better appreciation now of the work that goes into truly revealing "the Word"... Read morePublished on August 13, 2010 by John C. Rains
The Alands provide much information concerning the texts and versions from which modern Bible translations have come. Read morePublished on December 30, 2009 by Evangelical Scholar
This book is great for and serious Textual Criticism student. Its very detailed and a powerful resource to have at our disposal. Read morePublished on October 1, 2009 by J. Cecil
If your looking for the "bottom line" when it comes to manuscripts (mss) of the New Testament, this book is it! Read morePublished on April 9, 2009 by Andy Woodruff
This is a must read for anyone interested in NT Textual Criticism. It is a standard text with Bruce Metzger's, Text of the New Testament. Highly recommended. Read morePublished on July 14, 2005 by Dr. David Ritsema