Two Recent Reviews of “The Early Text of the New Testament”

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I was pleased to see two recent positive reviews of my co-edited volume (with Chuck Hill), The Early Text of the New Testament (Oxford, 2012).  As a side note, the book is now out in paperback for only $45 (which I mentioned in a prior post here).

Over at the Review of Biblical Literature, Amy Donaldson concludes her review:

For anyone interested in the early text of the New Testament, the state of research, and further avenues of study in this topic, this book is a valuable introduction and reference tool.  For those interested in specific books of the New Testament or patristic authors, the individual chapters on

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“The Early Text of the New Testament” is Now in Paperback

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In 2012, Oxford University Press published The Early Text of the New Testament, edited by myself and my friend Chuck Hill.  The volume was designed to assess the most primitive state of the NT text available from our sources.  It covered three main subject areas: (1) The textual and scribal culture of early Christianity; (2) The manuscript tradition itself; and (3) Citations of the NT in early Christian writings.

Contributors included Tjitze Baarda, Jeff Bingham, Juan Chapa, Scott Charlesworth, Carl Cosaert, J.K. Elliott, Paul Foster, Harry Gamble, Peter Head, Juan Hernandez, Larry Hurtado, Tobias Nicklas, Stan Porter, Dieter Roth, James Royse, Billy Todd, Christopher Tuckett, Joseph Verheyden, Tommy Wasserman, …

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Put on your Indiana Jones Hat: Dr. John Currid Leads RTS Trip to Israel

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One of my favorite films of all-time is Raiders of the Lost Ark.  In addition to being one of the first of many modern “adventure” films, it raises intriguing issues regarding history and the Bible.  Can we find remnants of the biblical stories in the sands of the Middle East even still today?  Are there treasures of the ancient past just waiting to be discovered?

My interest in archaeological issues is why (some of) my research has focused on ancient biblical manuscripts. This field of study presents an opportunity not only to read ancient biblical texts, but also to touch them.  It brings to life the lost world of …

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A Response to David Parker’s Review of The Early Text of the New Testament

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In late 2012, Oxford University Press released our co-edited volume, The Early Text of the New Testament (ETNT), a collection of essays from 22 leading scholars in the world of textual criticism. It is gratifying to have David Parker’s review of ETNT (JTS 64 [2013]: 642-645) so relatively soon after publication, yet disappointing that most of the criticisms in his short review seem to have mistaken both the aims and the scope of the book.  Here we would like to offer a brief response to some of his comments.

Parker’s criticism can be divided into three main categories: (a) the scope of the project, (b) the nature …

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