First Lecture: ‘The General Procedures’

David C. Parker

in Textual Scholarship and the Making of the New Testament

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199657810
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744860 | DOI:
First Lecture: ‘The General Procedures’

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The chapter begins by exploring Fredson Bowers’ view of textual criticism in relation to New Testament textual criticism. It explores the hierarchy Documents, Texts, Works, and argues that textual scholarship defines understandings of a work. The importance of treating works in the physical reality of their copies is discussed, in the context of the influence of the printed book, the relation between written and oral tradition, the textual transmission of ancient works and the process of compiling individual works and collections into the New Testament. These questions are discussed in the light of contemporary New Testament scholarship. It goes on to propose that a text is a process, not an object, and discusses textual and manuscript studies, texts in early Christianity, critical texts, and the authorial fallacy.

Keywords: Fredson Bowers; documents; texts; works; oral tradition; the authorial fallacy; text as process

Chapter.  8472 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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