Everyone’s a (textual) critic.

Every so often I will grab a book from the library and place it on my reading shelf. And it will sit there. And sit there. And sit there. Then I'll get sick of looking at it and finally read the thing. This is pretty much what happened with Bruce Metzger's book.
    His classic The Text of the New Testament: It's Transmission, Corruption and Restoration when published in 1968 probably helped set the standard for New Testament textual criticism in the later part of the 20th century. For those of you who did not know, Metzger was Professor of New
Testament Language and Literature at Princeton Theological Seminary
where he mentored Bart Ehrman, author of such books as God's Problem and Lost Christianities.
   
The main problem with Metzger's book is not with his scholarship. It is
amazing. However, for a layperson like myself I frequently got lost in
his writing. Since I don't read New Testament Greek, his extensive references of Greek passages went completely over my head. While his
command of the subject matter was amazing, this book would probably be
best utilized by a divinity student or other academic. It could use the helpful touch of an editor to make the book for user friendly. Fortunately, it
looks like there is a latter edition of this book edited by none other than Bart Ehrman himself. This should make it a bit more approachable text for the lay reader.
  

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