This book is a major English-language introduction to the earliest manuscripts of the New Testament. 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).
Introduction; Part I. The Documents: 1. The study of the manuscripts; 2. Practical skills in the study of manuscripts; 3. Other types of witness; Part II. Textual Criticism and Editions: 4. Manuscripts as tradents of the text; 5. Textual criticism; 6. Editions and how to use them; Part III. The Sections of the New Testament: 7. Revelation; 8. Paul; 9. Acts and the Catholic Epistles; 10. The gospels; 11. Final thoughts; Glossary; Indexes.