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Recent Attempts to Change the Goals of NT Textual Criticism

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Lesson

Recent attempts to change the goals of NTTC such that critics no longer seek to obtain the original autographs in favor of understanding a writer’s historical contexts undermine the original goal of NTTC. However, faithful textual critics must not subscribe to the notion of a “multivalence” of the original text, but instead pursue the primary goal: to get as close as possible to the original autographs.

Outline

I. DEFINITION

“The study of the copies of any written document whose original (=the autograph) is unknown or non-existent, for the primary purpose of determining the exact wording of the original.”

II. THREE MAJOR INFLUENCES

A. Bart Ehrman, Orthodox Corruption of Scripture (1993)

B. David Parker, Living Text of the Gospels (1997)

C. Eldon Epps, “The Multivalence of the Term ‘Original Text’ in New Testament Textual Criticism,” HTR 92 (1999) 245-81

III. MAJOR PREMISES

A. Cannot recover the original text

B. Value of textual criticism is on seeing church history

IV. PARKER’S “LIVING TEXT OF THE GOSPELS”

A. Description

B. Critique

V. CONCLUSION

A. Moises Silva on Epp, Parker, and Ehrman

B. Wallace