New Testament


The Text

The Gospels


Pauline letters

Letters written by the Apostle Paul

Prison letters

General letters


Historicity of the New Testament

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New Testament use of the Old Testament

The New Testament use of the Old Testament is an important issue within the study of the interpretation of the Bible and especially messianic prophecies concerning Jesus. "The fourth edition of the United Bible Societies' Greek Testament (1993) lists 343 Old Testament quotations in the New Testament, as well as no fewer than 2, 309 allusions and verbal parallels. The books most used are Psalms (79 quotations, 333 allusions), and Isaiah (66 quotations, 348 allusions). In the Book of Revelation, there are no formal quotations at all, but no fewer than 620 allusions." [1]

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New Testament Textual Criticism

New Testament Textual Criticism examines the existing manuscript witnesses to the New Testament in order to produce a text that is as close as possible to the original. The New Testament has been preserved in more manuscripts than any other ancient work, having over 5,300 Greek manuscripts dating from the 3rd century to the 16th century. The task of the textual critic, therefore, is to sort through the variants and establish a "critical text" that is intended to represent the original by best explaining the state of all extant witnesses.

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  • Kenneth Berdingand Matthew Williams, What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About: A Survey of Their Writings. Kregel, 2008.
  • Gary M. Burge, et al. The New Testament in Antiquity: A Survey of the New Testament within Its Cultural Context. Zondervan, 2009.
  • D. A. Carsonand Douglas Moo, _An Introduction to the New Testament._2nd edition. Zondervan, 2005.
  • Walter A. Elwell and Robert W. Yarbrough, Encountering the New Testament,: A Historical and Theological Survey. 2nd edition. Baker Academic, 2005.
  • Scot McKnightand Grant Osborne, eds. The Face of New Testament Studies: A Survey of Recent Research. Baker Academic, 2004.
  • David DeSilva, An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods and Ministry Formation. IVP, 2004.

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