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"The Text of the New Testament: A Beginner's Handbook to New Testament Textual Studies" serves as an accessible introduction to understanding the transmission and interpretation of the New Testament. This comprehensive guide explores the complex field of New Testament Textual Criticism, breaking it down into digestible sections that beginners can easily grasp.

Starting with an exploration of ancient scribes, scrolls, and scriptural materials in Chapter 1, readers gain insights into the origins of New Testament writings. The book emphasizes the significance of New Testament Textual Criticism and delves into various writing materials used in the ancient world. It also discusses the types of errors that can occur in New Testament manuscripts and the key sources of evidence for this discipline.

Chapter 2 provides a detailed account of the transmission, corruption, and restoration of the New Testament text. It illustrates how ancient manuscripts have been preserved, changed, and reconstructed over centuries. The section on modern approaches to New Testament Textual Criticism offers readers a glimpse into the methodologies and techniques used by scholars to decipher and interpret these texts.

Finally, Chapter 3 allows readers to apply their understanding through the practice of New Testament Textual Criticism. Here, various textual families of Greek New Testament manuscripts are discussed. The chapter also provides real examples of New Testament Textual Criticism, showcasing how theoretical principles are used in practice.

This beginner's handbook, punctuated with a rich bibliography, offers readers an illuminating journey through the nuances of New Testament textual studies. "The Text of the New Testament: A Beginner's Handbook to New Testament Textual Studies" is an essential resource to begin your understanding of the history of the New Testament text from the originals by the authors to the modern critical texts and the field of textual studies (the process of ascertaining the original wording of the original texts). Every area of Bible study cannot begin until the work of a textual scholar has been done first. Basic knowledge of New Testament Textual Studies is paramount for those sharing the Word of God (apologetics) and understanding the textual footnotes in your Bibles.



  • Publisher: ‎ Christian Publishing House (June 6, 2023)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Paperback: ‎ 180 pages
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 979-8397385831
  • Item Weight: ‎ 6.6 ounces
  • Dimensions: ‎ 5 x 0.41 x 8 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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