Many thanks to the kind folks at Kregel Publications for sending along a review copy of Revisiting the Corruption of the New Testament: Manuscript, Patristic, and Apocryphal Evidence, which is the inaugural volume of The Text and Canon of the New Testament series, edited by Daniel B. Wallace. The book is comprised of six chapters, they are:
- Chapter 1 – Lost in Transmission: How Badly Did the Scribes Corrupt the New Testament Text? – Daniel B. Wallace
- Chapter 2 – The Least Orthodox Reading is to be Preferred: A New Canon for New Testament Textual Criticism? – Philip M. Miller
- Chapter 3 – The Legacy of a Letter: Sabellianism or Scribal Blunder in John 1.1c? – Matthew P. Morgan
- Chapter 4 – Patristic Theology and Recension in Matthew 24.36: An Evaluation of Ehrman’s Text-Critical Methodology – Adam G. Messer
- Chapter 5 – Tracking Thomas: A Text-Critical Look at the Transmission of the Gospel of Thomas – Tim Ricchuiti
- Chapter 6 – Jesus as THEOS: A Textual Examination – Brian J. Wright
Here’s a brief description of this new volume from Kregel’s web site:
This first volume focuses on issues in textual criticism—in particular, to what degree did the scribes, who copied their exemplars by hand, corrupt the autographs All but one of the chapters deals specifically with New Testament textual criticism. The other addresses textual issues related to an early apocryphal work, the Gospel of Thomas.
The book begins with the full transcription of Wallace’s presentation at the Fourth Annual Greer-Heard Forum, in which he and Bart Ehrman debated over the reliability of the New Testament manuscripts. Adam Messer looks at the patristic evidence of “nor the Son” in Matthew 24:36 in a quest to determine whether the excision of these words was influenced by orthodox Fathers. Philip Miller wrestles with whether the “least orthodox reading” should be a valid principle for determining the autographic text. Matthew Morgan focuses attention on the only two Greek manuscripts that have a potentially Sabellian reading in John 1:1c. Timothy Ricchuiti tackles the textual history of the Gospel of Thomas, examining the Coptic text and the three Greek fragments, using internal evidence in order to determine the earliest stratum of Thomas. Brian Wright thoroughly examines the textual reliability of the passages in which Jesus appears to be called God, concluding that “the textual proof of the designation THEOS as applied to Jesus in the NT merely confirms what other grounds have already established.”
Revisiting the Corruption of the New Testament will be a valuable resource for those working in textual criticism, early Christianity, New Testament apocrypha, and patristics.
About the Editor:
Daniel B. Wallace (PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary) is professor of New Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, director of the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts, and senior New Testament editor of the NET Bible. He has written Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics: An Exegetical Syntax of the New Testament (Zondervan, 1997).
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