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"INTRODUCTION TO OLD TESTAMENT TEXTUAL CRITICISM" serves as an in-depth exploration of the fascinating field of textual criticism and its vital role in the understanding of the Old Testament. This comprehensive guide elucidates the rich history, rigorous methodology, and intricate processes of textual criticism applied to the Hebrew Bible.

The book begins by setting the foundation with a meticulous examination of the Hebrew language, its scripts, writing materials, and the transition from scrolls to codices. This context provides readers with an essential backdrop against which to consider the complexities of the Masoretic Text, the Qumran Scrolls, and the Samaritan Text.

As readers delve further into this critical text, they will encounter detailed analysis of the Septuagint and other significant ancient translations such as the Aramaic Targums, the Syriac Peshitta, and Jerome's Latin Vulgate. Through this exploration, the book demonstrates how these ancient translations serve as crucial witnesses to the text of the Old Testament.

Finally, the book delves into the heart of textual criticism, presenting its goals, the types of textual corruption and changes, and the scholarly methodologies employed to reconstruct the most plausible original text. It explores the complexities and challenges of textual criticism, from reading the apparatus of Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia, understanding and applying external and internal textual criticism, to the importance and implications of making textual decisions.

"INTRODUCTION TO OLD TESTAMENT TEXTUAL CRITICISM" is a masterful work that bridges the gap between academic scholarship and those churchgoers with a deep interest in the integrity and transmission of the Hebrew Bible. It stands as a crucial resource for scholars, students, pastors, and any reader intent on gaining a more nuanced understanding of the Old Testament. With its accessible language, well-structured format, and rich bibliographic references, this book is invaluable in studying the world's most enduring religious texts.



  • Publisher: ‎ Christian Publishing House (June 18, 2023)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Paperback: ‎ 269 pages
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 979-8398845891
  • Item Weight: ‎ 1.04 pounds
  • Dimensions: ‎ 6 x 0.61 x 9 inches



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).


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