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In a world teeming with different Bible translations and interpretations, how do scholars determine the original text of the New Testament? Enter the Coherence-Based Genealogical Method (CBGM), an innovative approach that is redefining the field of New Testament Textual Criticism. If you've ever wondered how the Bible you hold in your hands came to be, or if you're curious about how technology and scholarship are transforming our understanding of Scripture, this book is for you.


"Unlocking the Bible: A Beginner's Guide to the Coherence-Based Genealogical Method (CBGM)" is an essential read for anyone interested in delving deep into the composition of the New Testament. This book will guide you through the complexities of Textual Criticism and the groundbreaking influence of CBGM, all while making these intricate topics accessible for readers of all levels.


Beginning with the basics of New Testament Textual Criticism, we'll lay down the foundation by explaining the nature of textual variants, the principles behind evaluating them, and why this study is vital for a fuller understanding of the Bible. From there, you'll get acquainted with different types of manuscripts and their significance in shaping the New Testament.


Once the stage is set, the book introduces you to the revolutionary Coherence-Based Genealogical Method. Learn how CBGM works, its key terminology, and how it stands apart from traditional methods of Textual Criticism. Through real-life case studies, like the account of the Woman Caught in Adultery and the Ending of Mark's Gospel, you'll see CBGM in action.


But like any other method, CBGM has its critics. This book offers a balanced view, presenting both the strengths and criticisms of this innovative approach. By the end, you'll have a comprehensive understanding of how CBGM affects your reading of the Bible and why this method is significant in the ever-evolving field of Textual Criticism.


For those looking to take their understanding to the next level, the book includes appendices that delve into the strengths, criticisms, and limitations of CBGM, along with a discussion on the significance of documentary evidence in Textual Criticism.


Whether you're a student of theology, a layperson, or someone simply interested in understanding the origins of the New Testament, "Unlocking the Bible: A Beginner's Guide to the Coherence-Based Genealogical Method (CBGM)" provides the keys to understanding this pivotal area of study. Join us on this exciting journey to unlock the rich tapestry of the New Testament, backed by cutting-edge scholarship and a passion for the living Word of God.



  • Publisher: ‎ Christian Publishing House (October 14, 2023)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Paperback: ‎ 121 pages
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 9798864381427
  • Item Weight: ‎ 12.2 ounces



EDWARD D. ANDREWS (AS in Criminal Justice, BS in Religion, MA in Biblical Studies, and MDiv in Theology) is CEO and President of Christian Publishing House. He has authored over 220+ books. In addition, Andrews is the Chief Translator of the Updated American Standard Version (UASV).

A Beginner's Guide to the Coherence-Based Genealogical Method

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