24 February 2013

Book Description-208: NEW TESTAMENT TEXTUAL CRITICISM (Prof. David Alan Black, D.Theol.)

The true Christians believe that the Holy Bible is infallible and inerrant according to the original text (autograph), but we know that there are no autographs of the Holy Bible anymore. Therefore, how do we know that our Bible, especially New Testament, is true according to the autographs?

Find the answer in the:

A Concise Guide

by: Prof. David Alan Black, D.Theol.

Publisher: Baker Academic, 1994

In this small book, Dr. David Alan Black explains that eventhough there is no authographs anymore, we as Christians should believe that there are many manuscripts of the Greek New Testament. Those manuscripts should be tested which one is compatible with the autographs. It is called textual criticism. The significance of New Testament textual criticism is explained by Dr. Black in the first chapter of his book. In that chapter, he also explains materials that are used to write New Testament. Then, in the second chapter, he explains about the history of New Testament textual criticism since the earliest centuries until the modern era. In that chapter, he also explains about methods of that theory, such as external evidences and internal evidences. Also, in the last chapter, he gives 4 examples of New Testament passages which are tested according to the theory of New Testament textual criticism. In the appendixes, he tells us about types of errors in the New Testament manuscripts, text types, and some worksheets for students.

Biography of the author:
Prof. David Alan Black, D.Theol. who was born in Honolulu on 1952 is Professor of New Testament and Greek at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He was raised in Kailua on the island of Oahu in Hawai. In 1975 he finished his studies at the Biola University with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Biblical Studies, and then enrolled in Biola’s graduate school, Talbot School of Theology, where he majored in New Testament and Greek. In 1983 he received a Doctor of Theology (D.Theol.) at the University of Basel in Switzerland. He later took courses at Jerusalem University College on Mount Zion in Israel. Dave has been an avid horseman and Civil War reenactor. He and his wife live on a 123-acre working farm in southern Virginia and are self-supporting missionaries to Ethiopia and the world. He wrote many books, such as:
•    The Myth of Adolescence (Yorba Linda: Davidson Press, 1999)
•    Using New Testament Greek in Ministry: A Practical Guide for Students and Pastors (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1993)
•    Learn to Read New Testament Greek (Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 1994)
•    Learn to Read New Testament Greek: Expanded Edition (Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 1994)
•    Linguistics for Students of New Testament Greek: Revised Edition (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1995)
•    It's Still Greek to Me: An Easy-to-Understand Guide to Intermediate Greek (1998)
•    Why Four Gospels?: The Historical Origins of the Gospels Energerion Press (2010)
•    Rethinking New Testament Textual Criticism, ed. by David Alan Black, Baker Academic (2002)
•    New Testament Textual Criticism. A Concise Guide, Baker Books (2006)
•    Christian Archy, Areopagus (2009)
•    The Jesus Paradigm (2009), Energion Direct
His weblog: http://www.daveblackonline.com

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