Thursday, December 1, 2016

New Testament Textual Criticism for Everyone Update

Just a quick update. My book on New Testament Textual Criticism, aptly titled New Testament Textual Criticism for Everyone (provided "for everyone" is not trademarked by a renowned New Testament scholar on the other side of the Atlantic), has been sent to the publisher. It's a short book. It's even shorter than David Alan Black's New Testament Textual Criticism: A Concise Guide, which has less than a hundred pages. Mine is somewhere half the length of Dave's book. Why so short? Well, the series title is Topical Line Drives. And as I mention in one of the chapters, my task was to get us on first base, not hit a grand slam. The big hallmark of this book though is that it attempts to explain for everyone in a local church why they have textual notes at the bottom of some pages in their English translation and why some verses are placed in brackets. There's a really interesting appendix too that compares how different translations communicate textual issues to their readership. Guess what? The so-called "literal" translations seems to be the least forthcoming. Hmmmm. Anyways, just wanted to let you know the manuscript was sent. I'll keep you updated with more details as we move forward.

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