About the Author
Stanley E. Porter (PhD, University of Sheffield) is president, dean, and professor of New Testament at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario. He has authored or edited dozens of books, including Fundamentals of New Testament Greek. He is also editor of the Library of Pauline Studies series.
Stanley Porter surveys the origin of the New Testament by looking at its text, transmission, and translation. The first section covers some of the history and theory of textual criticism including the history of printed Greek texts as well as the controversial views of Bart Ehrman. He also makes a unique case for using a manuscript rather than an eclectic text of the New Testament. In discussing transmission, Porter focuses on the history of the ancient Greek documents themselves and how they were gathered together. He then brings together text and transmission in the unifying theme of the translation of the New Testament, particularly by looking at translation theory.
Table of Contents
1 The Text of the New Testament
Is There a Text of the Greek New Testament? Or, What Is the Goal of Textual
The History of the Printed Greek Text of the New Testament
Bart Ehrman and Misquoting Jesus
Eclectic or Single Manuscript?
2 The Transmission of the New Testament
The Manuscripts of the Greek New Testament
A Reconstructed History of the Transmission of the Greek
New Testament before the Major Codexes
The Major Codexes
Minuscules and Lectionaries
A Proposal regarding Textual Transmission of the Greek New Testament
3 The Translation of the New Testament
The History of Translation of the New Testament
Major Issues in Translation of the New Testament
Chapter 1. The Text of the New Testament
Is There a Text of the Greek New Testament? Or, What Is the Goal of Textual Criticism?
Porter begins his study by stressing the centrality of the Greek NT for everything people do with the NT. One has to start there. But then, of course, one must ask which Greek NT as we have so many copies with various differences. It is the task of textual criticism to answer this question and, so far as is possible, establish the original text “as it came from the hand of the author,” via a comparison of all extant manuscripts and ancient translations…[To continue reading this summary, please see below....]
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How We Got The New Testament: Text, Transmission, Translation