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The Effect of Recent Textual Criticism Upon New Testament Studies

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It is well to assess the progress made toward recovering the original Greek base, bearing in mind that we are concerned with the effects already operative in New Testament studies. Although technical New Testament studies must be based upon the critical Greek text, it is relevant here to note the effect of recent textual criticism upon the English version. The study of manuscript lectionaries is a special department of textual criticism. Art and text together reveal the mind of the scribal community. The effect of researches has not yet been fully felt in New Testament studies but they stand upon the threshold of attention. There is only one motivation for textual criticism, and that is the need for a trustworthy text to interpret. Biblical studies may go astray if based upon a corrupted text and, in turn, textual fidelity falls short of virtue if it represents only a mechanical restoration.

Keywords: critical Greek text; manuscript lectionaries; New Testament studies; scribal community; textual criticism



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