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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 to The Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge, provides crucial information about the Tyndale House Edition in 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.
Table of Contents
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?
“The Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge is 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’s An Introduction to the Greek New Testament. Jongkind describes not only how the Tyndale House Edition came 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
“This introduction to The Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge took 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 make The Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge accessible. 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
“In An Introduction to the Greek New Testament, Dirk Jongkind provides the raison d’être for the Tyndale House Edition of the Greek New Testament and does so with his characteristic sagacity. I enjoyed reading this book, and I am happy to recommend it.”
David Alan Black, Dr. M. O. Owens Jr. Chair of New Testament Studies, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
“This book is the perfect introduction for reading and benefiting from The Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge. An easy read, it is brimming with helpful information—not just for orienting the reader to the Greek New Testament but also for covering broader issues like the basic principles of textual criticism and even a biblical theology of the transmission of biblical texts. Anyone interested in how the New Testament is compiled, or in the texts that stand behind it, will delight in this terrific resource.”
Constantine R. Campbell, Senior Vice President of Global Content, Our Daily Bread
“This clear and accessible introduction will be of great help to those learning about textual criticism for the first time, and especially to those wanting to make the most of the special features of The Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge.”
Roy E. Ciampa, S. Louis and Ann W. Armstrong Professor of Religion and Chair, Department of Religion, Samford University
“Dirk Jongkind’s An Introduction to the Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge demonstrates the advantages of an edition of the Greek New Testament that is thoroughly acquainted with the individual characteristics of the early manuscripts and deeply engaged in the world of the scribes who produced them. This volume is valuable not only for its defense of the editorial aims of the Tyndale House Edition but also as a primer on the New Testament text-critical enterprise itself. It is a great read for anyone interested in grasping the basics of the discipline.”
Charles E. Hill, John R. Richardson Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando
“Bible-believing Christians are often disturbed when exposed to the great variety of New Testament manuscripts. This book explains why we should consider this variety a wealth, instead of being afraid of it. It also provides readers with all they need to effectively use the recent academic edition of the Greek New Testament that was produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge.”
Lydia Jaeger, Lecturer and Academic Dean, Institut Biblique de Nogent-sur-Marne
“The editors of the Tyndale House Edition of the Greek New Testament claim that they have produced ‘the most accurate edition of the Greek New Testament published so far’ (with accuracy defined by faithfulness in representing the apostolic autographs). This is a bold declaration, and senior editor Dirk Jongkind does much to back up this assertion in his new introduction to the Greek New Testament. The book is precise, irenic, and lucid. Only time and broader scholarly scrutiny will adjudicate the claims of the editors. Nevertheless, even in the early days of its public appearance, The Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge should be celebrated by all as a magnificent achievement. I heartily encourage my students to read it, and this introduction is an invaluable companion to that joyful enterprise.”
Robert L. Plummer, Founder, Daily Dose of Greek; Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“Encountering the Greek New Testament for the first time can be baffling. It need be no longer! Here is an admirably lucid ‘user guide’ to The Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge that contains everything we need to know to read the Greek text with full understanding. The book includes excellent discussions of matters such as the nature of our manuscripts, how decisions about the text are made, and the various textual traditions that we possess. Highly recommended for all readers of the Scriptures!”
Paul Trebilco, Professor of New Testament Studies, University of Otago, New Zealand
“While this volume tells the story behind The Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge, it does much more than that. It is an excellent overview of the issues in New Testament textual criticism. Jongkind expertly and concisely guides the reader in explaining the complexities involved in grappling with the differences among manuscripts and discerning the most likely reading. All who read this book will approach their Greek New Testament with a greater level of confidence.”
Clinton E. Arnold, Dean and Professor of New Testament Language and Literature, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University