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The Early Text of the New Testament

Charles E. Hill and Michael J. Kruger


This book examines and assesses from our earliest extant sources the most primitive state of the New Testament text now known. What sort of changes did scribes make to the text? What is the quality of the text now at our disposal? What can we learn about the nature of textual transmission in the earliest centuries? In addition to exploring the textual and scribal culture of early Christianity, this volume explores the textual evidence for all the sections of the New Testament. It also examines the evidence from the earliest translations of New Testament writings and the citations or allusions ... More

Keywords: New Testament, textual transmission, textual variation, manuscripts, literary culture, scribes, codex, patristic citations, New Testament versions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199566365
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566365.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles E. Hill, editor
Professor of New Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando

Michael J. Kruger, editor
Professor of New Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, NC

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Charles E. Hill and Michael J. Kruger

I The Textual and Scribal Culture of Early Christianity

II The Manuscript Tradition

5 The Early Text of Matthew

Tommy Wasserman

6 The Early Text of Mark

Peter M. Head

7 The Early Text of Luke

Juan Hernández, Jr.

9 The Early Text of Acts

Christopher Tuckett

Part III Early Citation and Use of New Testament Writings

20 Irenaeus’s Text of the Gospels in Adversus haereses

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