The Latin New Testament
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A priority purchase for libraries and scholars! Houghton lists all manuscripts that contain Old Latin evidence for early manuscripts of the New Testament. Furthermore, there's a thorough history of the text through the great medieval manuscript tradition, a user's guide to principal editions, and resources for further study. 304 pages, hardcover. Oxford University.

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Format: Hardcover
Vendor: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 0198744730
ISBN-13: 9780198744733

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Publisher's Description

This is an open access title available under the terms of a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 licence. It is free to read at Oxford Scholarship Online and offered as a free PDF download from OUP and selected open access locations.

Latin is the language in which the New Testament was copied, read, and studied for over a millennium. The remains of the initial "Old Latin" version preserve important testimony for early forms of text and the way in which the Bible was understood by the first translators. Successive revisions resulted in a standard version subsequently known as the Vulgate which, along with the creation of influential commentaries by scholars such as Jerome and Augustine, shaped theology and exegesis for many centuries. Latin gospel books and other New Testament manuscripts illustrate the continuous tradition of Christian book culture, from the late antique codices of Roman North Africa and Italy to the glorious creations of Northumbrian scriptoria, the pandects of the Carolingian era, eleventh-century Giant Bibles, and the Paris Bibles associated with the rise of the university.

In The Latin New Testament, H.A.G. Houghton provides a comprehensive introduction to the history and development of the Latin New Testament. Drawing on major editions and recent advances in scholarship, he offers a new synthesis which brings together evidence from Christian authors and biblical manuscripts from earliest times to the late Middle Ages. All manuscripts identified as containing Old Latin evidence for the New Testament are described in a catalogue, along with those featured in the two principal modern editions of the Vulgate. A user's guide is provided for these editions and the other key scholarly tools for studying the Latin New Testament.

Author Bio


H.A.G. Houghton is Reader in New Testament Textual Scholarship at the University of Birmingham, where he is also Deputy Director of the Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing. He is one of the editors of the Gospel according to John and corresponding editor for the principal Pauline Epistles in the Vetus Latina series.

Editorial Reviews


"This guide will be of great value to scholars in patristic and biblical studies."--Journal of Ecclesiastical History


"We congratulate author and publishers on this splendid, and modestly priced, volume." --JTS


"The book's orientation of the reader in not only the manuscripts but also the scholarship is an enormous service: most scholars will probably find something they were unaware of that will answer a lingering question in their minds... This is the most useful kind of scholarship: readable, informative, and engaging. It summarizes a vast swathe of literature and makes it accessible to others, overturning widely held misconceptions, and showing how we can get far more information out of the Latin New Testament and its manuscripts. This book is required reading for anyone studying the New Testament, patristic and medieval literature, or biblical manuscripts. It is deserving of a home in any humanities library." --BMCR


"It is difficult to exaggerate the importance and significance of this book for the study of the transmission of the Latin New Testament text there is simply nothing to rival it. The book is a model in clear communication, and the important features of large amounts of information are explained with a light touch that reflects the deep understanding that Houghton possesses of his subject matter. This book is a masterpiece, and it will be admired as such for many decades to come." --Paul Foster, The Expository Times


"This book not only updates earlier guides to the Latin New Testament, but it also appears
to be the only monograph in the past century to treat the entire history of that tradition
and the only one ever to appear in English." --Review of Biblical Literature


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