Re: New TC intro book by David Parker
- Hi Wieland Willker,
Could you please clarify which is the Ehrman update of Metzger book?
and why do you think Ehrman messed-up it?
Thank you very much in advance for your comments.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Wieland Willker" <wie@...>
> Perhaps this turns out to be better compared to the
> messed-up Ehrman update of the Metzger book?
> The Aland book is also not up-to-date anymore.
> "An Introduction to the New Testament Manuscripts and their
> D. C. Parker
> 398 pages
> University of Birmingham
> Hardback - also available in Paperback
> ISBN 0521719895
> Not yet published - available from July 2008
> £50.00 (Paperback: £18.99)
> This is the first major English-language introduction to the
> earliest manuscripts of the New Testament to appear for over
> 40 years. An essential handbook for scholars and students,
> it provides a thorough grounding in the study and editing of
> the New Testament text combined with an emphasis on the
> dramatic current developments in the field. Covering ancient
> sources in Greek, Syriac, Latin and Coptic, it
> - describes the manuscripts and other ancient textual
> evidence, and the tools needed to study them
> - deals with textual criticism and textual editing,
> describing modern approaches and techniques, with guidance
> on the use of editions
> - introduces the witnesses and textual study of each of the
> main sections of the New Testament, discussing typical
> variants and their significance. A companion website with
> full-colour images provides generous amounts of illustrative
> material, bringing the subject alive for the reader.
> - Will provide an excellent guide for those approaching New
> Testament textual criticism for the first time
> - Includes practical advice on research resources and
> - Accompanied by a website with colour images and guidance
> to selected features
> Part I. The Documents:
> 1. The study of the manuscripts;
> 2. Practical skills in the study of manuscripts;
> 3. Other types of witness;
> Part II. Textual Criticism and Editions:
> 4. Manuscripts as tradents of the text;
> 5. Textual criticism;
> 6. Editions and how to use them;
> Part III. The Sections of the New Testament:
> 7. Revelation;
> 8. Paul;
> 9. Acts and the Catholic Epistles;
> 10. The gospels;
> 11. Final thoughts;
> Glossary; Indexes.
> Best wishes
> Wieland Willker, Bremen, Germany
> Textcritical Commentary:
> Could you please clarify which is the Ehrman update ofIt's the fourth edition of "The Text of the New Testament".
> Metzger book?
Oxford University Press, ISBN: 019516122X
> and why do you think Ehrman messed-up it?Ok,
my general criticism is that here two people meet who have
quite different views and approaches. This alone is messing
up Metzger's book.
It would have been better to leave Metzger's book alone and
for Ehrman to write a new one.
Some specific criticisms have already discussed on this
list. Have e.g. a look at post numbers
and the following discussion.
But I know Ehrman has an open ear to these criticisms and
will think about them.
I also sent Ehrman a list of errors in the MSS section. He
replied that "they got lost in the rush of editing....".
Let's hope that the next edition will get better and not so
I offer volunteering for proof-reading!
At the moment I am looking forward to David "even the
variants are inspired" Parker's book.
Wieland Willker, Bremen, Germany