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An Introduction to the New Testament Manuscripts and Their Texts: D. C. Parker: New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008. 368 pp. $99.00
Shane Berg Theology Today 2010 67: 224 DOI: 10.1177/004057361006700209 The online version of this article can be found at: http://ttj.sagepub.com/content/67/2/224.citation
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Not only is the book beautifully written and executed.com at UNIV AUTO DEL CARMEN on January 14. it is not accidental that the commandments found a place at the beginning of the liturgy in The Book of Common Prayer. but it also provides a helpful orientation to New Testament textual criticism while providing a wealth of innovative and creative new ways to conceive of the task of textual criticism.224 Book Reviews Theology Today in the opening to his book. Parker’s conviction that New Testament textual criticism must begin with the study of the manuscripts themselves. 2014 . 2008. not transcriptions of manuscripts.sagepub. It is a rare book that can serve as both primer and manifesto. comes through very clearly. that practice might be recovered. This emphatic assertion is a most needed and welcome corrective to scholars in the ﬁeld who have increasingly been working several steps removed from the actual textual artifacts. North Carolina An Introduction to the New Testament Manuscripts and Their Texts D. 368 pp. Parker has written just such a book. Parker’s discussion of the nature and purposes of textual criticism is tantalizingly brief (he has written about this topic more fully in some of his other works) but theologically quite provocative and inter- Downloaded from ttj. the rise of textual criticism and its principle methods and goals. The book is divided into three sections. Parker provides practical guidance for the major tools and resources that one must employ in order to study ancient manuscripts. He even includes a section on visiting a manuscript library. The second section of the book offers an overview of. and introduction to. Parker New York: Cambridge University Press. I can only hope that if this book is read as widely as it deserves. C. the ﬁrst of which deals with manuscripts. The treatment of the history of the discipline and its major reference tools and editions is clear. David Parker’s introduction to New Testament textual criticism is an impressive and important work that no doubt will quickly ascend to a place of prominence in the ﬁeld. $99. In addition to an excellent overview of important manuscripts and textual traditions.00. succinct. and helpful. Stanley Hauerwas Duke Divinity School Durham. which one is hard pressed to ﬁnd in any comparable work.
nor can we deduce the “fact of Christ” from our Downloaded from ttj.com at UNIV AUTO DEL CARMEN on January 14. Shane Berg Princeton Theological Seminary Princeton. Torrance.00.sagepub. F. Published posthumously and ably edited with a lengthy and very helpful introduction by Robert T. Acts and the Catholic Epistles. The third and ﬁnal section of the book covers the textual history of various parts of the New Testament: Revelation. for example. The theological implications of Parker’s way of conceiving of the task of textual criticism warrant careful consideration and reﬂection. $37. Rather. Torrance simply begins by asserting that “we cannot compare the fact of Christ with other facts. and the Gospels. New Jersey Incarnation: The Person and Life of Christ Thomas F. This section. like the previous two. Walker Downers Grove. is true for the Pauline letters. This book is a veritable theological gold mine. Paul’s epistles. 371 pp. Walker. Parker does not regard New Testament textual criticism as merely the process of determining the earliest possible text of the New Testament. IL: InterVarsity Press. 2008. and it should become a primary reference for students and scholars in studies of the New Testament and of ancient Christianity. Instead of attempting a christology from above or from below. This way of organizing the ﬁnal section takes seriously the fact that each of these groups of New Testament texts requires its own independent treatment when considering questions of textual transmission. brevity.Theology Today Book Reviews 225 esting. Torrance’s lectures on christology and soteriology given at the University of Edinburgh from 1952 to 1978. this work should be required reading for all who seriously would engage in the study of theology today. Torrance’s nephew. It comprises T. is impressive in its breadth. he articulates a much more sophisticated position that entails ﬁrst and foremost thinking of the relationship between text and communities—whether one is thinking of ancient texts and the communities who copied and preserved them or modern communities (both academic and ecclesial) who produce critical textual editions. 2014 . edited by Robert T. Parker’s introduction will serve well both students and scholars in the ﬁeld of New Testament textual criticism. One cannot assume that what is true of the textual history and transmission of the Gospels. and lucidity.