Textual Transmission and Versions of the New Testament

J. N. Birdsall

in The Oxford Handbook of Biblical Studies

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780199254255
Published online April 2009 |

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Textual Transmission and Versions of the New Testament

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This chapter discusses the transmission of the New Testament documents. It argues that the transmission of scripture has been the work of those who were primarily Christians, and must be seen in the context of their concern for the clear and true statement of the faith. They did their best to preserve the text, but saw the task in part as ensuring too that its message was comprehended. They could also make mistakes, and these were not always completely removed. It is the effects of the desire for absolute clarity, and especially for expressions which left no room for erroneous interpretation, considered useful in their day, which are today seen by a majority as hindrances to our perception of the pristine documents.

Keywords: scriptures; Christianity; text

Chapter.  6120 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies ; Biblical Studies

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