J.K. Elliott has been identified as one of the Main exponents of so-called thoroughgoing textual criticism. In this collection of fifty seven of his essays from the past forty years are articles on methodology as well as on praxis (with a selection of important textual variants, including some of especial interest for exegesis). Also included are several essays on textual criticism which emphasise its relevance for the discussion of the synoptic problem and there are also a number of assessments of printed editions of the Greek New Testament. A bibliography of Elliott's writings is appended.
Those interested in the New Testament text and in Greek manuscripts as well as scholars working on the history of exegesis or the Greek language which thoroughgoing criticism encourages will find this collection of value. The selection will enable readers to have an overview of Elliott's contribution to the discipline.
J.K. Elliott holds doctorates from the University of Oxford (DPhil) and the University of Wales (DD) and has recently retired as Professor of New Testament Textual Criticism at the University of Leeds. He has specialised in New Testament textual criticism and in early non-canonical Christian literature.
"indispensable service to the discipline of NT textual criticism. [...] a veritable goldmine of information. The work is copiously detailed and exhaustive in its scrutiny, breadth and precision. Seasoned practitioners, text-critical junkies, and the next generation of budding textual critics will uncover a treasure trove of material and seasoned judgments to pore over for years to come. The collection is worth its weight in gold." – Juan Hernández Jr,
Bethel University, in:
The Expository Times 125/8
"...useful and provocative collection. A debt of gratitude is owed to Elliott (and to Brill) for having brought together these essays in a single, easily consulted volume." – Brent Nongbri, in:
A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism [
"Unlike many volumes of collected papers, this is not a random assemblage of a scholar's work. Careful thought and planning have gone into the arrangement of material, and this results in a volume that leads readers on a journey through a complex and rapidly developing discipline. [...]elliott has taken the opportunity [...] to bring several of the articles up-to-date by the addition of a post-scriptum. The result is that the chapters interact with the latest research relating to the subject matter they cover. However, above all this volume offers the vintage and superlative scholarship of Keith Elliott on textual criticism in an easily accessible format, with many supplementary features such as a comprehensive bibliography and indices [...]. This is an exceptionally fine volume, which will repay careful an repeated study." – Paul Foster, in:
Novum Testamentum 54 (2012)