This text is a classic by one of America's most widely respected New Testament scholars. It provides a clear and .comprehensive introduction to the New Testament in a straightforward and understandable style, without distortion or oversimplification; Prof. Metzger closely examines the historical background and content of the New Testament and details the role of scribes and translators in handing the Scriptures down through the centuries. Palestinian Judaism, Greco-Roman paganism, sources of our knowledge of Jesus Christ, essential aspects of Christ's teaching, sources and chronology of the apostolic age, the work of Paul, the general letters, and the Book of Revelation are all clearly illuminated. This third edition represents a substantial update of the 1965 text based on the New Revised Standard Version. In addition to stylistic changes, the author updates the text regarding research on the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Nag Hammadi tractates and this edition adds a glossary, 30 graphics and photos, and is resized to a larger 6x9 page.
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Excellent standard textbook
Date:February 26, 2012
This book is an excellent text introducing the primary ancient manuscripts of the New Testament and the history and rationale involved in the development of today's primary critical Greek texts. The author was one of the greatest New Testament Greek scholars, but he makes the material approachable and understandable to lay persons as well as seminarians. I highly recommend this book to those seeking a more in-depth knowledge of textual criticism.