FROM SPOKEN WORDS TO SACRED TEXTS: Introduction-Intermediate New Testament Textual Studies Paperback – February 21, 2020
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About the Author
- Publisher : Christian Publishing House (February 21, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 644 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1949586987
- ISBN-13 : 978-1949586985
- Item Weight : 1.87 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.46 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,243,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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NTTC uses a lot of cryptic (to the uninitiated) symbols and abbreviations, and I was pleased to find the book has a list of abbreviations at the front of the book. I bookmarked the section for quick access. There's also a good glossary at the end of the book.
The early chapters are about the materials required to write a manuscript, and the methods used to write them. The next few chapters discuss literacy levels, and whether the early Christians would have been able to read a Bible. Andrews shows how the writings by the New Testament authors were considered scripture, equal with the Old Testament scriptures.
The majority of the book is about New Testament Textual Criticism, and it does a good job of describing the purpose and importance of NTTC in a way that is reasonably easy for a lay person to understand. NTTC is a technical field, so technical terms are used, but not in a way that was overwhelming to me.
I found the last chapter interesting, as it discusses over 20 English versions of the Bible. The descriptions contain a brief history and purpose of the translation, the primary sources used for the translation and the translation type equivalence.
This isn't the first book on New Testament Textual Criticism that I've read, but it was definitely worth my while. This was the second book I've read by Edward D. Andrews, but I suspect it won't be the last one, as I find his writing style easy for a novice to understand.
Disclaimer: The author, Edward D. Andrews, offered me a review copy of the e-book, but for technical reasons I was unable to get it on my tablet. I decided to purchase the book directly from Amazon..