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The New Testament, as a foundational document for millions of Christians around the world, has been the subject of intense study and scrutiny throughout history. Its text has been passed down through generations, copied by scribes, translated into numerous languages, and analyzed by scholars seeking to understand the original meaning and message of its authors. This book, "Introduction to the Text of the New Testament: From the Authors and the Scribes to the Modern Critical Texts," aims to provide readers with a comprehensive overview of the rich and complex journey that the New Testament text has taken from its inception to the present day.

This work is not meant to be a mere repetition of existing scholarship; instead, it strives to synthesize the wealth of knowledge that has been accumulated on this subject and present it in a clear, accessible, and engaging manner. The chapters are organized in a logical progression, guiding readers through the various stages of the New Testament's development, including the materials used by ancient scribes, the transmission of the text, the emergence of textual families, and the various methodologies employed by scholars in their quest to recover the original text.

In writing this book, we have endeavored to strike a balance between depth and accessibility, ensuring that both newcomers to the field and experienced scholars will find value in its pages. We have also made a conscious effort to be inclusive of different perspectives and methodologies, highlighting the ongoing debates and discussions within the field of New Testament textual criticism.

As you embark on this journey through the history and development of the New Testament text, we hope that you will not only gain a deeper appreciation for the intricate process of textual transmission but also be inspired by the dedication and passion of the many scholars who have devoted their lives to preserving and understanding this sacred text. Ultimately, our aim is for this book to serve as a valuable resource and guide, illuminating the fascinating story behind the text that continues to shape the lives and beliefs of millions of people around the world.



  • Publisher: ‎ Christian Publishing House (February 2, 2019)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Paperback: ‎ 294 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 1949586782
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1949586787
  • Item Weight: ‎ 14.1 ounces
  • Dimensions: ‎ 6 x 0.67 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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