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This authoritative work delves into the meticulous and often understudied world of the early Christian copyists who played a pivotal role in the formation and preservation of the New Testament texts. From the first century onward, these scribes not only copied sacred texts but also shaped the future of Christian doctrine through their decisions and scribal practices.


Spanning ten comprehensive chapters, the book begins by exploring the initial stages of the New Testament's composition in Chapter 1: The Making of New Testament Books, which sets the historical and theological context for the texts' creation. Chapter 2: The New Testament Copyists and Their Materials examines the tools and materials that were essential to the craft of these early scribes, revealing how the physical means of production influenced the textual transmission.


Chapter 3: The Book Writing Process of the New Testament offers insights into the collaborative efforts between authors and scribes, while Chapter 4: The Production of New Testament Manuscripts provides a detailed look at the actual processes involved in the creation of these enduring documents. Chapter 5: Most Important Manuscripts (100 – 400 C.E.) and Chapter 6: Dating the Earliest Manuscripts of the New Testament present a critical analysis of the key manuscripts and discuss methodologies for dating these invaluable texts.


The exploration deepens in Chapter 7: The Nomina Sacra (Sacred Name) in New Testament Manuscripts, which investigates the treatment of divine names and their significant role in scribal practices. Chapter 8: Textual Variants in the Greek New Testament addresses the complexities of textual variation and its implications for biblical scholarship.


Chapter 9: Modern Theories and Methods of New Testament Textual Criticism brings the discussion into contemporary scholarly debates, highlighting the evolution of textual criticism over the centuries. Finally, Chapter 10: How Scribes Influenced the Text of the New Testament synthesizes the findings from previous chapters to demonstrate the profound impact scribes had on the New Testament text.


Each chapter is meticulously researched, drawing on the latest academic studies and archaeological findings to provide a rich narrative that is both scholarly and accessible. This book is an essential resource for theologians, historians, biblical scholars, and anyone interested in the origins and transmission of the New Testament. It offers a rare glimpse into the lives and labors of the early scribes whose contributions have helped to preserve one of the world's most influential religious texts.



  • Publisher: ‎ Christian Publishing House (March 15, 2018)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Paperback: ‎ 541 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 1945757841
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1945757846
  • Item Weight: ‎ 1.58 pounds
  • Dimensions: ‎ 6 x 1.22 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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