An Introduction to the Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge

By Dirk Jongkind

An Introduction to the Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge

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An Introduction to the Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge

By Dirk Jongkind

In 2017, Crossway and Cambridge University Press released The Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge—a groundbreaking edition of the Greek New Testament reflecting a decade of research. One of the principal scholars behind the project has now written this short book to provide crucial information about the Tyndale House Edition in particular and the Greek New Testament in general, answering questions such as “What is a textual apparatus, and why is one needed?” and “Is the New Testament reliable?” Dirk Jongkind gives guidance for understanding both the biblical text itself and this specific edition so that beginning Greek readers can have clarity and confidence as they engage with the New Testament in the original Greek.


Author:

Dirk Jongkind (PhD, Cambridge University) is the academic vice principal and senior research fellow in New Testament text and language at Tyndale House, Cambridge. He is one of the principal scholars behind The Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge and serves on the editorial board of the Journal for the Study of the New Testament.


Endorsements:

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, Australia

“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, Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

“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


Table of Contents:

Part 1: Your Greek New Testament and the Manuscripts

1. Translations and Editions

2. How Precisely Do We Know the Text?

3. Why Do We Need an Edition of the Greek New Testament?

Part 2: Practicalities

4. How to Use Your Greek New Testament

5. The Apparatus

6. Unusual Features

7. Order of the Books

8. Paragraphing

9. Spelling

Part 3: Manuscripts

10. Christian Manuscripts

11. Manuscripts and Their Designations

12. The Manuscripts Cited in The Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge

13. The Large Papyri

14. The Early Majuscules

15. The List of Manuscripts

Part 4: How Decisions Are Made

16. External Evidence, Copying, and Internal Evidence

17. Four Areas of Information

18. A Balancing Act

19. Understanding Copying

20. Selection and Preparation

21. Copying the Text

22. Correction

23. Understanding Patterns

24. Influences on the Text

25. Influence of Similar Passages

26. Influence of Church Liturgy

27. Some Important Variants

28. Ending of Mark, Mark 16:9–20

29. The Woman Caught in Adultery, John 7:53–8:11

30. The Angel and the Sweat Like Drops of Blood, Luke 22:43–44

31. Jesus’s Prayer of Forgiveness on the Cross, Luke 23:34a

Part 5: Why Not the Textus Receptus?

32. What Is the Textus Receptus?

33. Providential Preservation

34. Why Not the Byzantine Text?

35. Contrast with the Textus Receptus

36. Acts 8:37

37. John 5:7–8

38. The Argument for Byzantine Priority

39. The Argument of ‘Normal Transmission’

40. The Argument of Artificiality

41. Why Not the Byzantine Text?

42. Lack of Early Evidence

43. Nature of the Byzantine Text

Part 7: Biblical Theology and the Transmission of the Text

44. The Words of the Old Covenant

45. Arrival of the New Covenant

46. The Beginning of the Church

47. The Spread of the Church

Part 8: Where to Go from Here?

 


Specifications:

Category: Academic
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 128
ISBN-10: 1-4335-6409-2
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-6409-3
Size: 5.25 in x 7.75 in
Weight: 7.0 ounces
Published: May 31, 2019