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The Text of the New Testament
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Figures: Preface: Preface to the First Edition: PART I. THE MATERIALS FOR THE TEXTUAL CRITICISM OF THE NEW TESTAMENT Chapter 1. The Making of Ancient Books I: The Materials of Ancient Books 1: Papyrus 2: Parchment 3: Ink Making II: The Forms of Ancient Books III: Ancient Scribes and Their Handiwork Added Note on Colophons IV: "Helps for Readers" in New Testament Manuscripts 1: Chapter Divisions 2: Titles of Chapters 3: Eusebian Canons 4: Hypotheses, Bioi, Euthalian Apparatus 5: Superscriptions and Subscriptions 6: Punctuation 7: Glosses, Scholia, Commentaries, Catenae, Onomastica 8: Artistic Adornment 9: Cola and Commata 10: Neumes 11: Lectionary Equipment V: Statistics of Greek Manuscripts of the New Testament Chapter 2. Important Witnesses to the Text of the New Testament I: Greek Manuscripts of the New Testament 1: Important Greek Papyri of the New Testament 2: Important Greek Majuscule Manuscripts of the New Testament 3: Important Greek Minuscule Manuscripts of the New Testament 4: Other Noteworthy Manuscripts II: Ancient Versions of the New Testament 1: The Syriac Versions 2: The Latin Versions 3: The Coptic Versions 4: The Gothic Version 5: The Armenian Version 6: The Georgian Version 7: The Ethiopic Version 8: The Old Slavonic Version 9: Other Ancient Versions III: Patristic Quotations from the New Testament PART II: THE HISTORY OF NEW TESTAMENT TEXTUAL CRITICISM AS REFLECTED IN PRINTED EDITIONS OF THE GREEK TESTAMENT Chapter 3. The Precritical Period: The Origin and Dominance of the Textus Receptus I: From Ximenes and Erasmus to the Elzevirs II: The Collection of Variant Readings Chapter 4. The Modern Critical Period: From Griesbach to the Present I: The Beginnings of Scientific Textual Criticism of the New Testament II: The Overthrow of the Textus Receptus PART III: THE APPLICATION OF TEXTUAL CRITICISM TO THE TEXT OF THE NEW TESTAMENT Chapter 5. The Origins of Textual Criticism as a Scholarly Discipline Chapter 6. Modern Methods of Textual Criticism I: The Classical Method of Textual Criticism II: Reactions Against Classical Textual Criticism 1: Joseph Bedier 2: Albert C. Clark III: Local Texts and Ancient Editions: Burnett Hillman Streeter IV: Alternative Methods of Textual Criticism 1: The Majority Text 2: Thoroughgoing Eclecticism V: Conjectural Emendation VI: Methods of Determining Family Relationships Among Manuscripts 1: The Claremont Profile Method 2: The Alands' Use of Teststellen 3: The Comprehensive Profile Method VII: The Use of Computers in New Testament Textual Criticism 1: The Collection, Recording, and Storage of Data 2: The Presentation of the Data 3: Statistical Analyses 4: Hypertext Possibilities VIII: Significant Ongoing Projects 1: The Institut fur neutestamentliche Textforschung 2: The International Greek New Testament Project Chapter 7. The Causes of Error in the Transmission of the Text of the New Testament I: Unintentional Changes 1: Errors Arising from Faulty Eyesight 2: Errors Arising from Faulty Hearing 3: Errors of the Mind 4: Errors of Judgment II: Intentional Changes 1: Changes Involving Spelling and Grammar 2: Harmonistic Corruptions 3: Addition of Natural Complements and Similar Adjuncts 4: Clearing up Historical and Geographical Difficulties 5: Conflation of Readings 6: Alterations Made Because of Doctrinal Considerations 7: Addition of Miscellaneous Details Chapter 8. History of the Transmission of the Text of the New Testament I: Complications in Establishing the Original Text II: Dissemination of Early Christian Literature III: The Rise and Development of the New Testament Text Types 1: The Western Text 2: The Alexandrian Text 3: The Byzantine Text IV: The Use of Textual Data for the Social History of Early Christianity 1: Doctrinal Disputes of Early Christianity 2: Jewish-Christian Relations 3: The Oppression of Women in Early Christianity 4: Christian Apologia 5: Christian Asceticism 6: The Use of Magic and Fortune-Telling in Early Christianity Chapter 9. The Practice of New Testament Textual Criticism I: Basic Criteria for the Evaluation of Variant Readings II: The Process of Evaluating Variant Readings 1: External Evidence 2: Internal Evidence III: The Textual Analysis of Selected Passages Bibliography: General Index: Index of New Testament Passages:

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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 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 "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 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 "The best in its field. Indispensable!"--Jarl Fossum, University of Michigan "Undoubtedly, the practical steps for using textual criticism presented in this book would be beneficial for all who engage in biblical exegesis and interpretation." --Review and Expositor

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