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Lecture 1: Introduction to New Testament Textual Criticism

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Lesson

Since the original autographs of the Bible no longer exist, the primary goal of Biblical Textual Criticism is to determine the exact wording of the original inspired text dispatched from the author with as much accuracy as possible. As a secondary goal, we desire to trace changes to the text and get a window into ancient Christianity.

Outline

I. Introduction

A. Manuscripts

B. Resources

C. Textual Criticism Methods

II. Definition of Goals of New Testament Textual Criticism

A. Ancient Non-New Testament Documents

B. Ancient New Testament Documents

C. Bart Ehrman, the Textus Receptus and the Quran

III. Secondary Objectives for the New Testament

A. Tracing the Changes

B. The Original Text