Student's Guide to Textual Criticism of the Bible Its History, Methods and Results

ISBN-10: 0830827315

ISBN-13: 9780830827312

Edition: 2004

Authors: Paul D. Wegner

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List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 4/9/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 334
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

Paul D. Wegner (Ph.D., Kings College, University of London) is a professor of Old Testament with a specialty in the study of Isaiah. He taught at Phoenix Seminary for eleven years and, before that, at Moody Bible Institute for nearly thirteen years. He is the author of A Student�s Guide to Textual Criticism: Its History, Methods, and Results (IVP, 2006), The Journey from Texts to Translations:The Origin and Development of the Bible (Baker Academic, 2004) and Using Old Testament Hebrew Preaching: A Guide for Students and Pastors (Kregel Academic, 2009).

List of Figures, Tables and Maps
Introductory Material
Introduction to Textual Criticism
Definition of Textual Criticism
Importance of Textual Criticism
Differences Between Old Testament and New Testament Textual Criticism
Old Testament Transmissional History
Different Starting Points
Goal of Textual Criticism
Goal of Old Testament Textual Criticism
Final Form or Forms of the Old Testament Text
Fluidity of the Old Testament Text
A Complex Goal
Goal of New Testament Textual Criticism
The Current Debate
The Goal
Transmissional Errors Occurring in the Bible
Unintentional Changes
Mistaken Letters
Homoioteleuton and Homoioarkton
Other Omissions or Additions
Intentional Changes
Changes in Spelling or Grammar
Clearing Up Other Difficulties
Euphemistic Changes
Theological Changes
Additions and Glosses
Transmission of the Biblical Texts
The Old Testament Text
The Old Testament Text Prior to 400 B.C.
The Old Testament Text 400 B.C. to A.D. 100
Preserving the Text
Revising the Text
The Old Testament Text from About A.D. 100-500
The Old Testament Text from About A.D. 500-1000
Masoretic Notations
Masoretic Families
The Hebrew Text After A.D. 1000
New Testament Text
The New Testament Text Prior to A.D. 100
The New Testament Text After A.D. 100
The Transmission Process
Old Testament Textual Criticism
A Brief History of Old Testament Textual Criticism
Dead Sea Scrolls
Septuagint (LXX)
A Unified Text by the First Century A.D.
Origen's Hexapla
Latin Vulgate
Printed Hebrew Bibles
Polyglot Bibles
Hebrew Editions with Textual Apparatuses
Diplomatic Editions
Present State of Old Testament Textual Criticism
Modern Diplomatic Editions of the Hebrew Bible
Determining the Most Plausible Original Reading
Where Do We Start?
Collecting the Evidence
Examining the Masoretic Tradition
Examining Other Sources
Evaluating the Internal and External Evidence
Internal Evidence
External Evidence
Language of the Witness
Date of the Witness
Reliability of the Witness
Provenance (Origin/Source) and Purpose of the Text
The Interdependence of the Witnesses
Quality of the Sources
Determining the Most Plausible Original Reading
Consider the Strength of the Textual Tradition
Examine Internal Evidence
Examine External Evidence
Evaluate the Evidence
Possible Emendations
Specific Examples
1 Chronicles 6:40 (MT 25)
Hosea 7:14
Getting to Know the Sources of Old Testament Textual Criticism
Primary Sources (Hebrew Texts)
Silver Amulets
Dead Sea Scrolls
The First Isaiah Scroll
The Second Isaiah Scroll
The Habakkuk Commentary
The Psalms Scroll
Nash Papyrus
Murabba'at Manuscripts
Manuscripts at Masada
Nahal Hever Manuscripts
Cairo Genizah Manuscripts
Important Hebrew Manuscripts of the Old Testament
Ben Asher Manuscripts
Leningrad (Formerly Petersburg) Codex of the Prophets
Damascus Pentateuch
Codex Reuchlinianus of the Prophets
Erfurtensis Codices
Important Printed Hebrew Editions
Secondary Sources (Non-Hebrew Texts)
Samaritan Pentateuch (sp)
Aramaic Targums (or Targumim)
The Septuagint (LXX)
Other Greek Recensions
Origen's Hexapla
Other Recensions of the LXX
Kaige Recension
Philo's Quotations of the Old Testament
New Testament Textual Criticism
A Brief History of New Testament Textual Criticism
Origen of Alexandria / Caesarea
Erasmus of Rotterdam
Brian Walton
Other Greek Texts
Johann Bengel
Johann Jakob Griesbach
Karl Lachmann
Constantin von Tischendorf
Brooke F. Westcott and Fenton J. A. Hort
Present State of New Testament Textual Criticism
Modern Eclectic Editions of the Greek Bible
Determining the Most Plausible Reading
Where Do We Start?
Collecting the Evidence
External Evidence
New Testament Greek Manuscripts
Patristic Citations
Internal Evidence
Evaluating the Evidence
Manuscripts Must Be Weighed, Not Merely Counted
Examine the Textual Tradition
Determine the Reading That Would Most Likely Give Rise to the Others
The More Difficult Reading Is Preferable
The Shorter Reading Is Generally Preferable
Determine Which Reading Is More Appropriate in Its Context
Specific Examples
Ephesians 1:1
Romans 15:7
When Should I Use Textual Criticism?
Getting to Know the Sources of New Testament Textual Criticism
Biblical Papyri
Chester Beatty Collection
John Rylands Library
Bodmer Collection
Important Uncials
Codex Vaticanus
Codex Sinaiticus
Codex Alexandrinus
Codex Ephraemi
Codex Bezae
Minuscule Manuscripts
Ferrar Family
Lake Family
Minuscule 33
Minuscule 16
Additional Ancient Versions for Old and New Testament Textual Criticism
Examining the Ancient Versions
Early Eastern Versions of the Bible
Syriac Versions
Coptic Versions
Armenian Version
Ethiopic Version
Georgian Version
Arabic Versions
Early Western Versions of the Bible
Old Latin Versions
The Latin Vulgate
The Gothic Version
The Old Slavonic Version
Names Index
Subject Index
Scripture Index
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