On Tue, 22 Dec 1998, Wieland Willker" <willker@...
>Today I found these books on Amazon.
>An Introduction to New Testament Textual Criticism
>Leon Vaganay, Christian Amphoux, Heimerdinger
>Cambridge University Press; ISBN: 0521424933
This is not really a good introduction. It assumes you know too much.
Also, the theories of the authors (especially about the "Western"
text) are rather unorthodox.
As a reference, however, it can be useful (it has a better
bibliography of manuscripts than most, and is more concerned
with the origins of manuscripts than both). Just be sure to
read a more balanced manual first.
>Introduction to New Testament Textual Criticism
>J. Harold Greenlee
>Hendrickson Publishers; ISBN: 1565630378
This has a number of useful features, such as information on the
terms used in textual criticism and information on how to read
a collation. On the other hand, it is not very advanced, and
the list of text-types to which manuscripts belong is terribly
>New Testament Textual Criticism : A Concise Guide
>David Alan Black
>Baker Bk. House; ISBN: 0801010748
This book is extremely thin. It might be useful for someone who
just wants to know what textual criticism is. It is not an
adequate introduction to the discipline. And it won't tell you
anything not found in Metzger, Aland, or even Greenlee. And
the table of manuscripts is pretty much the same as Greenlee's --
If you already know something about TC, you might find Vaganay
useful. It would be my first choice of this list. Greenlee may
not teach you much, but it is widely used; it would be my second
choice. There is no point at all in buying Black if you have any
other TC books.
Robert B. Waltz
Want more loudmouthed opinions about textual criticism?
Try my web page: http://www.skypoint.com/~waltzmn
(A site inspired by the Encyclopedia of NT Textual Criticism)