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The Making of the New Testament: Origin, Collection, Text & Canon
IVP Academic / 2011 / Paperback
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A textbook introduction to the origin, collection, copying, and canonization of the New Testament documents. In this revised and expanded edition, Patzia gives an overview of the evidence and theories on the NT canon; explains how the documents were copied and transmitted over the centuries; and surveys the basic elements and practices of textual criticism. 263 pages, softcover from InterVarsity.
The story of the making of the New Testament is one in which scrolls bumped across cobbled Roman roads and pitched through rolling Mediterranean seas, finally finding their destinations in stuffy, dimly lit Christian house churches in Corinth or Colossae. There they were read aloud and reread, handled and copied, forwarded and collected, studied and treasured. And eventually they were brought together to make up our New Testament. This revised and expanded edition of The Making of the New Testament is a textbook introduction to the origin, collection, copying and canonizing of the New Testament documents. Like shrewd detectives reading subtle whispers of evidence, biblical scholars have studied the trail of clues and pieced together the story of these books. Arthur Patzia tells the story, answering our many questions:
Arthur G. Patzia (Ph.D., McMaster University) is senior professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary of Northern California. He is also the author of in the New International Bible Commentary series.
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