Re: Textual Criticism Resources for the Englishman
- Greetings J. M. Rieser:
I have good news for you. Some very good text-critical resources are
available online, for free. If you join the TC-Alternate Yahoo!
Discussion-Board (a sort of "Speaker's Corner" focusing on NTTC), in
the Files (accessible in the left sidebar there) you will find some
very useful materials, including a slightly condensed English edition
of Eberhard Nestle's Introduction to NTTC.
You will need to learn Greek. Visit the TextKit site and download
Samuel Green's Intro; it's a nice little primer and if your printer
is able to print multiple pages per sheet, with a bit of effort you
can make yourself a nice little pocket-sized binder-clipped book of
At www.curtisvillechristian.org/BasicTC.html I provide links to a
variety of NTTC resources, including some I have written. Be sure to
visit Bob Waltz's Site Inspired by the Encyclopedia of New Testament
Textual Criticism, and the Sola Scriptura website, and the online
presentation of F.G. Kenyon's book "Our Bible and the Ancient
At www.archive.org you will want to download, print out, and
carefully read Kirsopp Lake's clear and concise little book, "Text of
the New Testament." You may also want to download "The Englishman's
Greek New Testament" there; it is an interlinear presentation of the
Textus Receptus with the KJV in the outer side-margin and with an
apparatus consisting of variants noted in some editions of the GNT at
the bottom of the page. After you see it you may agree that a real
hardback copy of The Englishman's Greek NT would be a sound
About the papyri: inasmuch as you have adequate transcriptions of
the papyri, and haven't learned Greek, most online materials about
the papyri will just be so much eye candy. Still, a person can
accumulate good pictures of over 50 NT papyri online, if one knows
where to look. Wieland Willker provides a link to an impressive
collection of images; simply Googling papyrus names and numbers can
get you pretty far too. And at www.biblestudyaids.info you can track
down, besides numerous other NTTC resources, a set of F.G. Kenyon's
plates of P46. And about a dozen of the Oxyrhynchus Papyri volumes
are available to download at www.archive.org ; several of them
contain plates depicting NT papyri. C. H. Robert's publication of
P52 is also online.
For images and/or transcriptions of some major (and some minor) MSS,
you should visit the CSNTM site, the Muenster site, and the Biblical
Manuscripts Project site.
That should keep you busy.
Yours in Christ,
James Snapp, Jr.
Minister, Curtisville Christian Church
Tipton, Indiana (USA)
- Bob wrote: "www.bibleresearch.com contains a fairly complete list of
English translations, with descriptions of the text behind them as well."
Thanks for the plug, Bob. But I would like to correct the URL given
here. The address for my website is really:
I would also mention that the web directory I have put together on
that site has a page for the "Greek New Testament," which has many
links to helpful resources, especially at Google Books.
- JM wrote:
>I retain copyright for the "English Guide," and have not given
> For anyone else interested in this, here is one correction as far as
> the last web site given: http://www.bible-researcher.com/guide.html
> For the English speakers, it would be fantastic if Marlowe (or
> somebody) would actually publish that ("An English Guide to the
> Various Readings of the Greek New Testament") in book form or perhaps
> on LOGOS.
permission for it to be reproduced in any media for sale; but I invite
everyone to download it for personal use.
If any publisher wants permission to print it, please contact me to
make the arrangements.