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The Critical Editions of the New Testament

The Greek Text, Versions, and Transcriptions of Manuscripts on Microfiche

Edited by David C. Parker

The Critical Editions of the New Testament
The Greek Text, Versions, and Transcriptions of Manuscripts on microfiche

The oldest texts
The recovery of the oldest available text of the New Testament continues to occupy the attention of biblical scholars. Because the early printed editions were based on late and incorrect texts, scholars had to study the materials to find older forms of the text. We now know that to study the text of the New Testament and to recover the oldest forms of it, scholars have available over 5,500 Greek manuscripts, translations into early languages, including especially important ones in Syriac, Latin, and Coptic, and quotations in early Christian writers. The task of examining these witnesses, and collecting from them the relevant data, has occupied scholars for over three hundred years.

Principal critical editions
This collection contains the principal critical editions of the Greek New Testament produced in that time. They are of continuing value in biblical and textual scholarship, for the following reasons:
1. As some of the highest achievements of biblical scholarship.
2. Because they sometimes contain materials no longer available.
3. Because the editorial decisions of scholars of the past continue to act as a guide and resource to successive generations of scholars.

This collection
This series makes available for the first time in a single place the principal critical editions, lists of variant readings and collections of manuscript transcriptions and collations from the late seventeenth to the early twentieth century. In addition, a number of the most useful editions of the ancient versions and of ancillary materials have been included. It begins with the first large collection, compiled by John Mill and published in 1707, and ends with von Soden’s huge work of 1902-13. It thus spans two centuries of scientific and technical advance, and of manuscript discoveries. This development is parallel to the collection and classification of materials in the natural sciences. The materials in Parts 3 and 4 have been chosen because of their scarcity, their continuing value for scholarly research, and their significance in the development of the discipline.

Dr D.C. Parker, Reader in New Testament Textual Criticism and Palaeography, University of Birmingham (UK)

Various Authors & Editors

Pahlavi texts

A collection of very rare titles written in or translated from Pahlavi, an Indo-Iranian language spoken and written in Persia from about the third to the tenth century A.D. Pahlavi is often restricted to the literary language of the Zoroastrian books. Mainly spiritual, religious, historical and linguistics works.
Religion
Serials, Periodicals, and Multi-Volume Sets

Church history
The depth of the offerings can be illustrated by a brief survey of two fields: first, church history. Here, the collection offers a virtually complete listing of the standard documentary collections. Scholars of the patristic and medieval periods will find the Patrologia of J.P. Migne, in both the Greek (161 vols.) and Latin (221 vols.) series, plus the less-exhaustive but critically superior texts of the Corpus scriptorum ecclesiasticorum latinorum (66 vols.), the Griechische Christliche Schrifteteller (40 vols.), Patrologia Orientalis (22 vols.), and Patrologia Syriaca (3 vols.). The collection also includes the Mansi Sacrorum conciliorum ... collectio (53 vols.) and the Analecta Hymnica Medii Aevi (55 vols.). Reformation era documents are available in the Corpus Reformatorum (100 vols.: Melanchthon, Calvin, and Zwingli) and in the Weimar Kritische Gesamtausgabe of Luther's works (57 vols.). These basic source materials are supplemented by such standard sets as the Texte und Untersuchungen (46 vols.) and Texts and Studies (9 vols.), the Hefele-Leclercq Histoire des Conciles (10 vols.), Revue d'Histoire Ecclésiastique (37 vols.), Recueil des Historiens des Croisades (16 vols.), and the Hauck Realencyclopädie für protestantische Theologie und Kirche (24 vols). The church historical resources are also augmented with a group of rare older materials, like the late seventeenth-century Rerum concilii oecumenici Constantiensis (6 vols.), and Secoli Agostiniani, overo Historia Generale del Sacro Ordine Eremitano... (8 vols.), and the eighteenth-century Réligion vengée, ou Réfutation des auteurs impies (21 vols.).

Christian missions
Second, Christian missions: the offerings here derive much of their interest from the age of the records put on fiche, namely, serials concerning missionary efforts from the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. By way of example, the set contains the eighteenth century Neue Welt Bott. Mit allerhand Nachrichten dern Missionariorum Soc. Jesu (6 vols.) and Lettres édifiantes et curieuses, écrites des missions étrangeres ... de la Compagnie de Jésus (26 vols.), supplemented by the late nineteenth-century collection of seventeenth and eighteenth-century sources, the Jesuit Relations, and Allied Doxuments, concerning missions in New France (73 vols.), as well as the Monumenta Historica Societatis Jesu (6 vols.). Nineteenth-century British mission efforts are documented such sets as the Missionary Chronicle and its continuations (78 vols.), Wesleyan Missionary Notices (71 vols.), and the Annual Report of the London Missionary Society (145 vols.).

These introductory comments are, of course, a very selective review of the series, but they ought to be sufficient to indicate its importance and usefulness, particularly given the difficulty of obtaining copies of the works noted - or, indeed, of gathering them together in one place.

Richard A. Muller, Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids