"WESTCOTT & HORT: Unveiling the Truth and Legacy of New Testament Textual Restoration" is a comprehensive exploration into the groundbreaking work of biblical scholars Brooke Foss Westcott and Fenton John Anthony Hort. This book meticulously examines their significant contributions to New Testament Textual Criticism, particularly focusing on their defense of the Alexandrian family of manuscripts and their challenges to the Byzantine text, Majority Text, and Textus Receptus.
Spanning over twenty-five chapters, the author, a renowned conservative evangelical Christian Bible scholar, delves deep into the historical, linguistic, and theological aspects of New Testament manuscripts. The book begins with detailed biographies of Westcott and Hort, outlining their scholarly journeys, achievements, and the controversies they faced. It then transitions into a thorough analysis of the transmission of the New Testament through time, examining the size of early churches, manuscript production, and the pivotal role of oral reading in early Christian publishing.
Key chapters critically analyze different text-types, including the Alexandrian, Byzantine, Western, and Caesarean, offering a comparative perspective that highlights the superiority of the Alexandrian manuscripts. The author presents case studies of significant findings like Papyrus 75 (P75), affirming the Westcott-Hort approach, and discusses methodologies in textual criticism, including the challenges in restoring the New Testament text.
"WESTCOTT & HORT: Unveiling the Truth and Legacy of New Testament Textual Restoration" also addresses contemporary debates in biblical scholarship, such as the King James Only Movement and Byzantine Text advocacy. The book concludes with an insightful discussion on the criteria for evaluating manuscript reliability and significance, weaving together historical, linguistic, and theological considerations to assess the trustworthiness of textual witnesses.
This book is an essential read for biblical scholars, theologians, and anyone interested in the intricacies of New Testament Textual Criticism. It not only pays homage to the legacy of Westcott and Hort but also provides a rich, evidence-based analysis of New Testament manuscripts, offering readers a deeper understanding of the complexities involved in restoring and interpreting these ancient texts.
- Publisher: Christian Publishing House (December 2, 2023)
- Language: English
- Paperback: 271 pages
- ISBN-13: 979-8870632018
- Item Weight: 1.06 pounds
- Dimensions: 7 x 0.62 x 10 inches
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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).