Fills the need for a truly mid-level, quality textbook on New Testament textual criticism
Presenting all the essential, foundational elements necessary to grasp textual criticism of the New Testament, Stanley Porter and Andrew Pitts accurately define the subject of textual criticism, discuss the canon and manuscripts of the New Testament, outline methodological principles, and more, concluding with a chapter on New Testament translations and how to evaluate them.
Part of a coordinated Greek study curriculum, this volume is designed to function as a companion to Fundamentals of New Testament Greek and its accompanying workbook (Eerdmans, 2010); an intermediate grammar of New Testament Greek is forthcoming.
About the authors
Stanley E. Porter is president, dean, professor of New Testament, and holder of the Roy A. Hope Chair in Christian Worldview at McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, Ontario.
Andrew W. Pitts is adjunct professor of biblical studies at Hope International University, Fullerton, California.
Journal for the Study of The New Testament Booklist
"A quite superb introduction to the subject of textual criticism. It is well organized, readable and engaging, and achieves its objective of wanting to be neither too basic nor overly detailed. It is easily the best text book of its kind. . . . An excellent resource."
TC: A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism
"A fresh and unique midlevel student's introduction to the field of New Testament textual criticism."
Craig S. Keener
— Asbury Theological Seminary
"This very readable textbook provides a helpful and balanced introduction to text criticism aimed at just the right level for beginning students. It is clear, introduces multiple views, gives good reasons for the approaches it favors, and — an unexpected bonus — offers in two relevant chapters useful, concise introductions to canon formation and translation theory."
Michael J. Kruger
— Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte
"Because of the complexity of the field of textual criticism, most introductions are either too detailed or too basic. This exceptional volume by Stanley Porter and Andrew Pitts provides a welcome balance between these two extremes, introducing students to all the critical issues without overloading them with unnecessary detail. It also covers topics that most introductions overlook, such as the development of the New Testament canon and modern English translations. For anyone looking for a balanced, thorough, and yet readable introduction to textual criticism, this is it."
J. K. Elliott
— University of Leeds
"Newcomers to the Greek New Testament will find this guide a useful introduction explaining how the establishing of the text is undertaken. It also gives insight into the treasures awaiting a perceptive user concerning textual variants found in the manuscript tradition."
Craig A. Evans
— Acadia Divinity College
"This is no ordinary introduction to textual criticism. In addition to offering explanations of the criteria and the critical apparatus, Porter and Pitts explain in very practical ways what the discipline tries to do and the thinking that lies behind it. As a bonus readers are treated to up-to-date discussion of the formation of the canon of Scripture, the nature of the materials used in the production of ancient books, and a history of the English Bible and the theories of translation on which translations are based. The book is rich with examples and insights."
David Alan Black
— Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
"Fundamentals of New Testament Textual Criticism is an excellent treatise on a vitally important subject. Stanley Porter and Andrew Pitts were seeking to produce a textbook that falls midway between Bruce Metzger's Text of the New Testament and my own New Testament Textual Criticism: A Concise Guide, and they have succeeded brilliantly. . . . Their careful research deepens our understanding of the role of textual criticism in exegesis, and I am confident that this book of theirs will be widely used both inside and outside of the classroom."
— Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
"Porter and Pitts have admirably achieved what they set out to do — provide a succinct introduction to the manuscript tradition of the Greek New Testament for first- and second-year students of Koine Greek. . . . This book is ideal both for students in classrooms and for general readers who seek reliable information about the origins and the text of the New Testament."
Thomas J. Kraus
— University of Zurich
"In this book Stanley E. Porter and Andrew W. Pitts take interested students by the hand and introduce them to the essentials of New Testament textual criticism. . . . They provide welcome, concise assessments of external and internal evidence for judging textual variants. . . . A very useful tool for instructing students in New Testament textual criticism."
Other titles by Stanley E. Porter
The Apostle Paul
His Life, Thought, and Letters
John, His Gospel, and Jesus
In Pursuit of the Johannine Voice
An Introduction to Interpretive Theory
Fundamentals of New Testament Greek
Translating the New Testament
Text, Translation, Theology
The Messiah in the Old and New Testaments
The Lost Gospel of Judas
Separating Fact from Fiction