Introduction to the New Testament Manuscripts and Their Texts

ISBN-10: 0521719895
ISBN-13: 9780521719896
Edition: 2008
Authors: D. C. Parker
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Book details

Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/24/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

This is the first major English-language introduction to the earliest manuscripts of the New Testament to appear for over 40 years. An essential handbook for scholars and students, it provides a thorough grounding in the study and editing of the New Testament text combined with an emphasis on the dramatic current developments in the field. Covering ancient sources in Greek, Syriac, Latin and Coptic, it describes the manuscripts and other ancient textual evidence, and the tools needed to study them deals with textual criticism and textual editing, describing modern approaches and techniques, with guidance on the use of editions introduces the witnesses and textual study of each of the main sections of the New Testament, discussing typical variants and their significance. A companion website with full-colour images provides generous amounts of illustrative material, bringing the subject alive for the reader.

D. C. Parker is Edward Cadbury Professor of Theology in the Department of Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham. His publications include The Living Text of the Gospels (1997) and Codex Bezae: An Early Christian Manuscript and its Text (1992).

List of plates
Links to URLs
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Introduction
The Documents
The study of the manuscripts
The Christian book
The codex
The development of the Christian book
An introduction to palaeography
Greek manuscripts
Classifying Greek New Testament manuscripts
The Liste
Richard
The Bibliography
The Leuven Database of Ancient Books
Reproductions
Catalogues
Text und Textwert
Which edition uses which manuscripts
Resources referring to particular categories of manuscript
Latin manuscripts
Introductory
Tools for the study of Latin manuscripts
A brief guide to Latin palaeography
Tools for the study of Old Latin manuscripts
Tools for the study of Vulgate manuscripts
Syriac manuscripts
Coptic manuscripts
Manuscripts in more than one language
Manuscripts containing the entire New Testament
Ancient Greek manuscripts
Ancient Latin manuscripts
Ninth-century Latin Bibles
Byzantine Greek New Testaments
Syriac manuscripts
Coptic manuscripts
The medieval west
The Renaissance and the printing press
Conclusion
Using the materials: a test case
Practical skills in the study of manuscripts
Introduction
Visiting a library
How to describe a manuscript of the Greek New Testament
How to make a paper collation of a manuscript
How to make an electronic transcription of a manuscript
How to make a paper transcription of a manuscript
Other types of witness
Introduction
Patristic citations
Editions of patristic writings
Evaluating citations
Tools for the study of patristic writings
Three special cases
The study of the versions
Introduction
The Latin versions
The Syriac versions
The Coptic versions
The Armenian version
The Georgian version
The Ethiopic version
The Arabic versions
The Slavonic version
The Gothic version
Other versions
New Testament texts in other documents and media
Greek manuscripts excluded from the Liste
Inscriptions
Textual Criticism and Editions
Manuscripts as tradents of the text
Introductory
Two copying events
Codex Mediolanensis and its copy
The supplementary Latin leaves in Codex Bezae
A family of manuscripts
Corrections in manuscripts
Is there less variation in texts with fewer manuscripts?
Did scribes revise the text they were copying?
Did scribes write to dictation?
Conclusion
Textual criticism
Two hundred years of textual criticism
Introduction to the topic
Lachmannian stemmatics
Methods of quantititative analysis
Coincidental agreement between witnesses
Evolution, genetics and stemmatics
The Coherence-Based Genealogical Method
What is a text-type?
Majority Text theory
Textual criticisms?
The history of the text and editing the text
The concept of textual history
Editing the text
The role of textual criticism
Textual criticism and history
Textual criticism and exegesis
Textual criticism and theology
Textual criticism and the world
Editions and how to use them
The history of editions
Why we have critical editions
The transition from manuscript to printed book
Editions which present the text of one or more witnesses in full
Editions which present the text of more than one witness in a compressed form
Editions of the Received Text, the Majority Text and the Byzantine Text
Editions which move from print towards the electronic edition
Conclusion
The purposes of editions
The printed scholarly edition, major, minor and in hand
The printed reading edition
The principal print editions and how to use them
Tischendorf's eighth edition
Von Soden's editio maior
The International Greek New Testament Project's edition of Luke
The Nestle-Aland 27th edition
The Vetus Latina
The Editio critica maior
Synopses
Some other hand editions
Critical electronic editions
Their purpose and definition
Case studies
Advantages and disadvantages of the electronic edition
Conclusion
The Sections of the New Testament
The Book of Revelation
Introduction
The history of research
The manuscripts
The versions
The Latin versions
The Syriac versions
The Coptic versions
The commentaries
The text forms
Textual criticism
General considerations
The number of the beast
Other readings
Paul
Introduction
The writing of the letters
The growth of the Pauline corpus
The manuscripts
The versions
The Syriac versions
The Latin versions
The Coptic versions
Commentators
The Euthaliana
Variant readings with a bearing upon the formation of the collection
The endings of Romans
The problem of Ephesians
Other variant readings
1 Corinthians 14.34-5
Hebrews 2.9
Editing the Pauline letters
Acts and the Catholic epistles
Introduction: Acts and the Catholic epistles as a unit in the tradition
The Acts of the Apostles
The genre of Acts and textual variation
The Greek witnesses
The versions
Interpreting the textual phenomena
The Catholic epistles
Introduction
The Greek manuscripts
The versions
Commentaries
The history of the text
Conjectural emendation
The Epistle of Jude
The Gospels
Introduction
The fourfold Gospel
Ancillary material
The Eusebian Apparatus
The Vatican paragraphs and other divisions
The Greek manuscripts
Matthew
Mark
Luke
John
The versions
The Syriac versions
The Latin versions
The Coptic versions
Recent editions of other versions
Commentaries
Tatian's Diatessaron
Marcion's Gospel
Editions
Textual variation
Studying textual variation in the Gospels
Harmonisation
The endings of Mark
John 7.53-8.11
Marcan style and thoroughgoing eclecticism
Conclusion
Final thoughts
Glossary
Index of manuscripts
Index of biblical citations
Index of names and subjects

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