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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Status of the Greek New Testament

The Septuagint remains--so far as one can make such generalizations--the authoritative version of the Scriptures for most if not all of the Christian East. A recent edited collection looks at the status of the Greek New Testament: Klaus Wachtel and Michael Holmes, eds., The Textual History of the Greek New Testament: Changing Views in Contemporary Research (Society of Biblical Literature, 2011), 236pp.

About this book the publisher tells us:
This collection of essays by respected scholars represents the state of the art of textual criticism as applied to the New Testament. Addressing core topics such as the causes and forms of variation, contamination and coherence, and the goals and the canons of textual criticism, it presents a first-class overview of traditional and innovative methodologies as they are applied to reconstructing the initial wording of the New Testament writings.

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