The New Testament

David Parker

in The Oxford Illustrated History of the Bible

Published in print July 2001 | ISBN: 9780198601180
Published online April 2009 |
 The New Testament

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Fifty generations separate the earliest Christian writers from the first printed Greek New Testaments of the 16th century; another seventeen stand between that period and our own. That first period consisted of a huge process of copyings, increasingly distant from the original texts. The second period has proved to be a reversal of that process. This chapter discusses the Greek manuscripts and the translations of the New Testament through the history of European scholarship. Topics covered include 16th century scholarship and its influence, the impact of new materials on New Testament manuscript studies, the advent of palaeography, 19th century scholarship, and 20th century developments.

Keywords: Bible; scholarship; scripture; Greek manuscripts

Chapter.  10800 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies ; Biblical Studies

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