Is the New Testament text reliable? What do we do with textual variants? How do I use the Greek New Testament?
This short book, written as a companion toThe Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge, provides crucial information about theTyndale House Editionin particular and the Greek New Testament in general.
Dirk Jongkind, one of the principal scholars behind this groundbreaking project, answers critical questions for understanding the biblical text so that you can have clarity and confidence as you engage with the New Testament in the original Greek.
“The Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridgeis one of the most exciting publications in biblical studies in the last decade. This new and user-friendly critical edition of the Greek New Testament now has a superb companion in Dirk Jongkind’sAn Introduction to the Greek New Testament. Jongkind describes not only how theTyndale House Editioncame to be but also how any critical edition of the Greek New Testament came to be. Jongkind does a superb job explaining very technical topics related to manuscripts, textual variants, the Textus Receptus, and more, and explaining why it matters. Your seminary professor can teach you how to read Greek, but Jongkind teaches you how to read a critical edition of the Greek New Testament. A must-have resource for all students of biblical Greek.”
--- Michael F. Bird,Academic Dean and Lecturer in Theology, Ridley College, Melbourne, Australia
“This introduction toThe Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridgetook me by surprise. Textual criticism is an arcane discipline not well served by the combative and abstruse writing of many of its practitioners. Jongkind’s elegant yet almost carefree style, however, is refreshing for its clarity, simplicity, and irenic tone. This book is a delight to read on its own. The author goes to great lengths to makeThe Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridgeaccessible. His introduction is even an excellent primer on New Testament textual criticism. Jongkind introduces the reader to manuscripts, textual theory, praxis, major textual problems, and even brief theological reflections on the reality of textual variants. It is no easy task to render this field of study within the grasp of any interested reader, and Dirk Jongkind has done so in a remarkably disarming manner.”
--- Daniel B. Wallace,Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary; Executive Director, Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts; author,Greek Grammar beyond the Basics
“Pulling back the curtain on the origins of the Greek New Testament, Dirk Jongkind explains where it came from, how it works, and why it can be trusted. If you have ever doubted the trustworthiness of the Greek text, you will find reassurance in this wonderful volume.”
--- Michael J. Kruger,President and Samuel C. Patterson Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte
Table of Contents:
Analytical Outline List of Illustrations
Your Greek New Testament and the Manuscripts
How Decisions Are Made
Why Not the Textus Receptus?
Why Not the Byzantine Text?
Biblical Theology and the Transmission of the Text
Where to Go from Here?
Acknowledgments Glossary General Index Scripture Index