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Book Review: A Students Guide to Textual Criticism of the Bible

The Book: A Student’s Guide to Textual Criticism of the Bible
The Author: Paul D. Wegner

It is a very good book. On a scale of 1-5 i would give it a 4. I liked it better than Metzger’s book “Text of the New Testament.”

It was chock full of actual manuscript examples and variants. It discussed how to use the textual apparatus in the NA and UBS.  It also had application parts where you could practice choosing the best text for a particular passage.

The cool thing about this book is that it contained both OT and NT criticism in one volume. The downside to this approach is that some of the material was repetitive.

The book definitely takes the side of promoting the Critical Text above and against the Received and Byzantine/Majority Text. I think it is a good idea to get a balanced approach, so i would suggest reading some pro-Received Text and pro-Majority Text materials as well.


About theologian

I'm a child of the King, my Father who is in Heaven, by the precious blood of His eternal Son, Jesus Christ. I am married with children and currently reside in Pennsylvania. I am a Pastor with the Association of Charismatic Reformed Churches (ACRC) working as an Urban Missionary in Chester, PA. Throughout my time in ministry God has also blessed me with opportunities for formal education by which I earned my terminal degree (Doctor of Theology) from New Geneva Theological Seminary in 2013.


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