- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 4 edition (April 28, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 019516122X
- ISBN-13: 978-0195161229
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1 x 5.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 56 customer reviews
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Praise for the previous edition: "Professor Bruce M. Metzger. . . remains the dean of New Testament textual criticism. For more than thirty years his encyclopedic knowledge and prolific pen have kept New Testament scholars current in manuscript studies. . . . Other manuals in textual criticism are now available, but none is more serviceable than Metzger's."--Southwestern Journal of Theology
"The fourth edition may be declared an unqualified success. The authors have evidently gone over every line of text with great care, [and] those paragraphs that have been rewritten seem to be genuine improvements. The appearance of this revised edition is a delight, and it assures that The Text of the New Testament will continue to serve students and scholars for a long time to come."--Westminster Theological Journal
"Well-researched and expressed, with that rare elegance of style that graces the English language. It is a model for scholarly endeavor, as well as the definitive text in English on the subject."--Louis I. Hodges, Columbia Bible College and Seminary
"The best in its field. Indispensable!"--Jarl Fossum, University of Michigan
About the Author
Bruce M. Metzger is at Princeton Theological Seminary (Emeritus). Bart D. Ehrman is at University of North Carolina.
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I found particularly interesting his discussion of the choices that church Fathers made when deciding which texts were genuine and which were not. In one case, Origen had before him manuscripts that covered the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ and the murderer who was eventually freed--Barabbas. One manuscript included the Barabbas' first name, which was Jesus. So Barabbas' full name was Jesus Son of the Father (Bar-Son, Abbas-Father). This gives a sharper image of the choice the crowd had before them--between Jesus the Son of God, and Jesus Son of the Father. We know which one the crowd chose, and Origen chose the manuscript with only Barabbas' last name, claiming that no evil-doer could have been named Jesus.