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A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament [Hardcover]

By Bruce M. Metzger (Author)
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This companion to the Greek New Testament discusses textual variations based on the critical apparatus. It contains a thorough explanation of each textual decision that appears in UBS4.

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This companion to the Greek New Testament discusses textual variations based on the critical apparatus. It contains a thorough explanation of each textual decision that appears in UBS4.


What is the difference between the Omanson and Metzger?

We have included the following from each text to help you compare and contrast the two approaches. (Click on "Sample Chapter" at the bottom of this Web site page)

Omanson, "A Textual Guide to the Greek New Testament"
ISBN 978-1-59856-202-6
Preface (pgs. 7-9)
1 Cor. 4:17 (pgs. 332-333)
1 Cor. 7:34 (pgs. 339-340)

Metzger, "A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament" (UBS4)
ISBN 978-1-59856-164-7
Prefaces (pgs. v-ix)
1 Cor. 4:17 (pg. 484)
1 Cor. 7:34 (pg. 490)

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Item Specifications...

Studio: United Bible Societies
Pages   696
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.58" Width: 5.26" Height: 0.73"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2006
Age  21
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  1598561642  
ISBN13  9781598561647  

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Bruce M. Metzger is Collard Professor Emeritus of New Testament Language and Literature at Princeton Theological Seminary. Michael D. Coogan is Professor of Religious Studies at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts and Director of Publications, Harvard Semitic Museum. He is the editor of The Oxford History of the Biblical World and The New Oxford Annotated Bible (3d Edition).

Bruce M. Metzger currently resides in the state of New Jersey. Bruce M. Metzger has an academic affiliation as follows - Princeton Theological Seminary Princeton Theological Seminary (Emeritu.

Bruce M. Metzger has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Word Biblical Commentary

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Ewww bad textual theory.  Aug 2, 2008
This book is not based on good textual theory. There is a textual theory since Westcott and Hort's Greek Text (1881) which is rather pitiful. The idea is that the oldest manuscripts are best, but they end up relying on very corrupt manuscripts such as Aleph, A, B, C, D as opposed to the majority of manuscripts. They also take the word of heretics such as Marcion (who was known to cut out scripture [Irenaeus records this] and in dictionaries shows up as a heretic), Clement, Origen and others. Since Marcion is a 2nd Century textual witness his writings trump all others, good going Metzger (author). Get Dean John Burgeon's "Revision Revised" if you want to know more about the corruptness of the textual theory and manuscripts. Also all Gothic (IVth Century, Metzger says that they hold the Antiochian readings the best) witnesses were thrown out of this edition (UBS 3,4) by Carlo Martini, those not familiar with him will find that he is an eccumenical Cardnal.
The First Step in Biblical Interpretation  Apr 14, 2008
This text is clear and concise. Metzger has been the preeminent voice in New Testament textual criticism for decades, yet gives a balanced view of the evidence for each variant. His passing leaves a void is the discipline. The text is necessarily brief, and this adds to it's accessibility and appeal. It is indispensable to any serious student of God's Word, because it contains so much information which other commentaries in recent generations have neglected and to which previous generation lacked access. It should rest opened next to your New Testament whenever the study of a passage begins. Before we do what Scripture requires, we must know what Scripture means, before we can know what it means we must understand what is written, before we can understand what is written we must determine what the authors originally wrote. This is what this text helps us determine.
What a deception!  Mar 28, 2008
I bought this book from this site with great expectations. However, considering that: 1. It is a second "revised" edition. 2. It is, so to speak directly, about the incompetence of some New Testament copyists throughout two millemnia. I can not help but state that it is a shame the noticeable THIRTY THREE PAGES MISSING! Actually, it makes for 5% of the book "maimed", since it stops at page 192 e suddenly continues from page 225. I think it appropriate to say that there is no sign of the pages being afterwards taken out, of course. Shame on the editors (United Bible Societes? Deutsche Biblegesellschaft? I don't know which of them, or if it was someone else.) What a lack of competence!
Textual criticism  Jul 21, 2007
A very readable commentary on the variant readings of the New Testament, written by a famous scholar.
Essential  May 18, 2007
The Reviews by Turner, Bohiken, Tucker, Glaaser, and Bielby are excellent and explain in some detail why this book is essential If you are a student or user of the New Testament.

It helps to know Greek. But if you can distinguish Greek letters you can literally see how words vary and you can take Metzger's word for what they mean.

This book is essential for study of the UBS4: The New Greek-English Interlinear New Testament (Personal Size).

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