A recognized expert in New Testament Greek offers a historical understanding of the writing, transmission, and translation of the New Testament and provides cutting-edge insights into how we got the New Testament in its ancient Greek and modern English forms. In part responding to those who question the New Testament's reliability, Stanley Porter rigorously defends the traditional goals of textual criticism: to establish the original text. He reveals fascinating details about the earliest New Testament manuscripts and shows that the textual evidence supports an early date for the New Testament's formation. He also explores the vital role translation plays in biblical understanding and evaluates various translation theories. The book offers a student-level summary of a vast amount of historical and textual information.
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. A prolific scholar, he has authored or edited dozens of books, including Fundamentals of New Testament Greek.
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 Criticism?
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
3. The Translation of the New Testament
The History of Translation of the New Testament
Major Issues in Translation of the New Testament