The Reliability Of The New Testament

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This volume highlights points of agreement and disagreement between two leading scholars on the subject of the textual reliability of the New Testament: Bart Ehrman, James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and author of the best-selling book Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why, and Daniel Wallace, Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary and Executive Director of the Center for...
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Overview

This volume highlights points of agreement and disagreement between two leading scholars on the subject of the textual reliability of the New Testament: Bart Ehrman, James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and author of the best-selling book Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why, and Daniel Wallace, Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary and Executive Director of the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts.

This conversation between Ehrman and Wallace allows the reader to see in print how each presents his position in light of the other's. Contributions follow from an interdisciplinary team featuring specialists in biblical studies, philosophy, and theology. The textual reliability of the New Testament is logically prior to its interpretation and thus important for the Christian religion. This book provides interested readers a fair and balanced case for both sides and allows them to decide for themselves: What does it mean for a text to be textually reliable? How reliable is the New Testament? How reliable is reliable enough?

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Despite its title, this volume is not exactly a dialog. It consists mainly of a series of essays by authors other than Ehrman and Wallace. Although the book includes a transcript of a conversation between the two, held as part of the Greer-Heard Point-Counterpoint Forum, readers will be disappointed to find no vigorous hashing out of their academic differences regarding the reliability or stability of the New Testament manuscript tradition. Further, Stewart (philosophy & theology, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary) has here selected, as he has done with other volumes emerging from this forum (e.g., The Future of Atheism), a group of experts who share views more in line with Wallace's position (and those of the conservative forum and its sponsoring institution) to write highly polished, persuasive essays to overwhelm the informal, moderate views of Ehrman presented in the transcript. The result is far from a fair fight, intellectually. No sympathetic expert voice is called to Ehrman's corner, so the dialog seems imbalanced, and the outcome rigged. VERDICT Readers interested in the history and critical study of biblical manuscripts would do well by the late Bruce M. Metzger's The Text of the New Testament, while those wondering what it all means should stick with the individual works of Ehrman and Wallace.—Matthew Sullivan, Hallowell, ME
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800697730
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Pages: 242
  • Sales rank: 1,550,368
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors ix

Preface xv

Acknowledgments xvii

Introduction: Why New Testament Textual Criticism Matters: A Non-Critic's Perspective Robert B. Stewart 1

1 The Textual Reliability of the New Testament: A Dialogue Bart D. Ehrman Daniel B. Wallace 13

2 Text and Transmission in the Second Century Michael W. Holmes 61

3 The Necessity of a Theology of Scripture Dale B. Martin 81

4 What Is the Text of the New Testament? David Parker 95

5 Who Changed the Text and Why? Probable, Possible, and Unlikely Explanations William Warren 105

6 Assessing the Stability of the Transmitted Texts of the New Testament and the Shepherd of Hermas K. Martin Heide 125

7 Textual Criticism and Textual Confidence: How Reliable Is Scripture? Craig A. Evans 161

8 Authors or Preservers? Scribal Culture and the Theology of Scriptures Sylvie T. Raquel 173

Notes 187

Subject Index 217

Scripture Index 219

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  • Posted December 24, 2011

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    Not so much a dialogue as a Q&A and a series of articles

    This book offers a survey of various positions on the reliability of the New Testament text from within the field of New Testament textual criticism. Points of view range from liberal agnostic, to Neo-orthodox, to conservative defenders of Scriptural innerancy.

    Despite the book's subtitle, the featured article was less a dialogue between Ehrman and Wallace and more a Q and A session with each making an opening statement and then answering questions put to him by an audience...there was not any real-back-and-forth or point-counterpoint which I found disappointing. Overall it was a decent collection of essays which provided a variety of viewpoints (though it was definitely tilted toward the "The New Testament is reliable" position).

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