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Studies in the Theory and Method of New Testament Textual Criticism [Paperback]

By Eldon J. Epp (Author) & Gordon D. Fee (Author)
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The seventeen studies in this volume provide a comprehensive presentation and assessment of past and current methods applied to the New Testament text. Both acknowledged specialists in historical and methodological studies of textual criticism, coauthors Epp and Fee offer an introductory survey of the whole field of New Testament textual criticism, followed by sections of essays on these topics: definitions of key terms; critiques of current theory and method; methods of establishing textual relationships; studies of the papyri with respect to text-critical method; and guidelines for the use of patristic evidence. Volume 45 of the Studies and Documents series, founded by Kirsopp and Silva Lake and edited by Irving Alan Sparks, Studies in the Theory and Method of New Testament Textual Criticism represents a coherent and complementary collection of essays - most but not all of them previously published - whose abiding worth and considerable influence have been demonstrated through extensive citation by textual critics and exegetes. This compilation of studies will serve as a welcome resource for biblical scholars and students taking seminary or graduate courses in New Testament. From the more introductory studies to the constructive critiques of current theory to the more specialized analyses concerning New Testament textual criticism, this volume will provide information and challenge to beginners and experts alike.

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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Pages   430
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.26" Width: 7.4" Height: 0.93"
Weight:   1.64 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 1993
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  080282773X  
ISBN13  9780802827739  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Eldon J. Epp is Harkness Professor of Biblical Literature (Emeritus) at Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio), and the President of the Society of Biblical Literature (2003-4). He is the author of Studies in the Theory and Method of New Testament Textual Criticism (Eerdmans, 1993) and the editor of several works. He is a member of the Hermeneia editor of several works. He is a member of the Hermeneia editorial board.

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An insider's look at the forces impacting modern NT versions  Dec 31, 1997
Are you aware of the many textual changes, not due to translation, that have affected New Testament versions since the Reformation? Perhaps you have been puzzled at the addition, subtraction or differences between verses, even whole paragraphs, that exist among the translations from that time up until today. If you wonder why your Bible is changing, you need to read this book.

My first Bible was the King James (or Authorized) version. I read from it, studied it and cherished it as my most prized possession. Unfortunately, I also found much of it hard to understand. Naturally, as many Christians do, and have done, I started looking at more modern translations of that noble Book, and what I discovered was disturbing.

Though I found many of the newer translations to be much easier to read, I discovered that certain verses were missing. Not translated differently, but MISSING! I wondered what was going on. After reading further, I discovered that other verses were added, and, once in a while, entire historical accounts were either entirely missing, significantly changed or noted to be of doubtful originality. I had to get to the bottom of WHY these changes were made, and WHO made them-- so I began what to this day has proved one of the most rewarding studies of my life: the study of New Testament textual criticism.

Textual criticism is the science that attempts to reconstruct the purest, most original form of text from the many thousands of, at times, conflicting and divergent documents that span, in the case of the New Testament, many centuries. This volume, actually a compilation of seventeen studies, provides a fascinating, insightful look into the discoveries, and the theories that attempt to accommodate them, that have impacted the very form of today's New Testament.

Authored by two experts in the field, this volume will serve as an excellent introduction to the science of New Testament textual criticism. You will learn the basic terms and ideas endemic to this field of study, and survey the varying methods (and underlying theories) used to determine the most original form of the Christian New Testament. I highly recommend this valuable book-- with an important qualification.

The potential reader should be advised that this volume is written by two individuals who, though recognized authorities in the field, represent a particular theoretical approach, popularly known as reasoned eclecticism, that is only one among several currently taken. As with any historical science, differences of opinion exist among the experts, so proceed with an open mind, and enjoy!


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