A seminal figure in nineteenth-century biblical textual criticism, Samuel Prideaux Tregelles (1813-75) did much to formalise the emerging discipline. He published this account of his work on the Greek New Testament in 1854. Reflecting on previous editions of the New Testament, he gives a detailed account of its numerous versions since Erasmus and provides an excellent overview of biblical scholarship to that date. As well as discussing Tischendorf's pioneering work in using manuscripts previously neglected by Western scholarship, Tregelles reports the findings of other textual critics, such as Lachmann, Griesbach and Scrivener. He proceeds to describe his own critical methods and collations, bringing clarity to the developing field, and also presents notes on particular passages in the Gospels. This work still informs modern scholarship and serves to complement Tregelles's remarkable seven-volume Greek New Testament (also reissued in this series).
Table of Contents
1. The Complutensian edition; 2. The editions of Erasmus; 3. The editions of Stephens, Beza, and the Elzevirs; 4. Earlier collections of critical materials - Walton's polyglot, Bishop Fell's Greek Testament; 5. Mill's Greek Testament; 6. Bentley's proposed edition; 7. Bengel's Greek Testament; 8. Wetstein's Greek Testament; 9. The editions of Griesbach, and contemporary labours; 10. Scholz's Greek Testament; 11. Lachmann's editions; 12. Tischendorf's editions; 13. On an estimate of MS authorities in accordance with comparative criticism; 14. Remarks on principles of textual criticism; 15. Notes on some passages of dogmatic importance; 16. Notes on John VII. 53, John V. 3, 4, and Mark XVI. 9-20; Conclusion.