Bart Ehrman's book The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture
has received much attention since its publication nearly 2 decades ago. This book Revisiting the Corruption of the New Testament
is the first book to present essays which form a sound, scholarly, and powerful but collegial rejoinder to Ehrman's thesis. It presents five essays in support of the authenticity and integrity of the Christian canon--and argues against both Ehrman's methodology and his conclusions. Written by students mentored by editor Daniel Wallace, the essays include:
- Lost in Transmission: How Badly did the Scribes Corrupt the New Testament text?
- The Least Orthodox Reading is to be Preferred: A New Canon for New Testament Textual Criticism?
- The Legacy of a Letter: Sabellianism or Scribal Blunder in John 1.1c?
- Patristic Theology and Recension in Matthew 24.36: An Evaluation of Ehrman's Text-Critical Methodology
- Tracking-Thomas: A Text-Critical Look at the Gospel of Thomas
- Jesus as theos: A Textual Examination
Revisiting the Corruption of the New Testament is an immensely important apologetic work on the New testament. With increasing skepticism in the public's eyes about the veracity of Scripture, this book sets the record straight about the origins and transmission of the Bible.
is the inaugural volume of The Text and Canon of the New Testament series, edited by Daniel B. Wallace. This first volume focuses on issues in textual criticism; in particular, to what degree did the scribes, who copied their exemplars by hand, corrupt the autographs? All but one of the chapters deals specifically with New Testament textual criticism. The other addresses textual issues related to an early apocryphal work, the "Gospel of Thomas." The book begins with the full transcription of Wallace's presentation at the Fourth Annual Greer-Heard Forum, in which he and Bart Ehrman debated over the reliability of the New Testament manuscripts. Adam Messer looks at the patristic evidence of "nor the Son" in Matthew 24:36 in a quest to determine whether the excision of these words was influenced by orthodox Fathers. Philip Miller wrestles with whether the least orthodox reading should be a valid principle for determining the autographic text. Matthew Morgan focuses attention on the only two Greek manuscripts that have a potentially Sabellian reading in John 1:1c. Timothy Ricchuiti tackles the textual history of the Gospel of Thomas," examining the Coptic text and the three Greek fragments, using internal evidence in order to determine the earliest stratum of "Thomas." Brian Wright thoroughly examines the textual reliability of the passages in which Jesus appears to be called God, concluding that the textual proof of the designation "theos" as applied to Jesus in the NT merely confirms what other grounds have already established. "Revisiting the Corruption of the New Testament "will be a valuable resource for those working in textual criticism, early Christianity, New Testament apocrypha, and patristics.