Textual Scholarship and the Making of the New Testament by David C. ParkerTextual Scholarship and the Making of the New Testament by David C. Parker

Textual Scholarship and the Making of the New Testament

byDavid C. Parker

Paperback | October 2, 2014

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The book is going through its biggest revolution since Gutenberg. Thanks to computer tools and electronic publication, the concept and realisation of critical editions are being rethought. As so often in the history of scholarship, editors of the New Testament are making a vital contributionto these changes. In this book, originally the Lyell Lectures in Bibliography at Oxford, David C. Parker explores textual scholarship, in particular the idea of the edition. He argues that textual scholarship has had an important influence on the meaning given to the term "New Testament". Starting with theobservation that a text is a process, not an object, he proposes a new way of understanding the relationship between manuscripts, the texts which manuscripts contain and the work they represent as the basis for critical scholarship. This leads him to challenge the idea of a "Greek New Testamentmanuscript", and thus to reconsider the nature of the New Testament as a collection of works and the nature and purpose of critical editions. By studying new tools for studying how manuscripts are related to each other, he shows how the modern digital edition of the New Testament has overcome theimpasses created by the failure of Lachmannian stemmatics to deal with the problem of contamination. Exploring the emergence of the critical edition in modern scholarship, Parker discusses the ways in which a digital edition advances scholarship and gives the reader more opportunities both to scrutinise the quality of the edition and to access the raw data on which it is based. The whole book usesNew Testament research as a paradigm of wider changes in textual scholarship.
David Parker, FSA, is Edward Cadbury Professor of Theology in the University of Birmingham and Director of the Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing. He is Executive Editor of the International Greek New Testament Project, which is making critical editions of the Gospel of John and Paul's letters and is also on the ...
Title:Textual Scholarship and the Making of the New TestamentFormat:PaperbackDimensions:196 pagesPublished:October 2, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198709730

ISBN - 13:9780198709732


Table of Contents

1. 'The General Procedures'2. What is a New Testament Manuscript?3. Understanding How Manuscripts are Related4. Editing the Greek New Testament5. The New Testament of the Future6. Conclusions

Editorial Reviews

"Much of what David Parker has to say about the New Testament in this enthusiastically written book is applicable to other literatures, especially those that also have such a rich but fluid manuscript and literary heritage." --J. K. Elliott, Times Literary Supplement