28 April 2013

Book Description-217: A STUDENT'S GUIDE TO TEXTUAL CRITICISM OF THE BIBLE (Prof. Paul D. Wegner, Ph.D.)

As Christians, we believe that the Holy Bible is the Word of God. Then, the fact is the authographs (original texts) are not exist, so is the Bible true and appropriate with original text? How do we know?

Find the answer in the:
Its History, Methods, and Results

by: Prof. Paul D. Wegner, Ph.D.

Publisher: InterVarsity Press Academic,

In this book, Dr. Paul D. Wegner explains about Bible textual criticism includes Old and New Testament. Before explaining about Old and New Testament textual criticism, in part I, he introduces some materials about definition, importance, and goal of textual criticism. Also, he explains about differences between Old and New Testament. In the next chapter, he explains about some transmissional errors occuring in the Bible and transmission of the Biblical texts. He explains that eventhough autographs of the Bible is not exist, but that autograph is copied by scribes in other Greek manuscripts, ancient versions, and citation of church’s fathers. In part II and III, he explains all about Old and New Testament textual criticism include: a brief history of textual criticism, how to determine the most plausible original reading, what the sources used for Old and New textual criticism. In the final chapter, he examines the ancient versions of the Bible, such has eastern and western versions. Let this good and simple book inspires us to know that the Holy Bible is accurate according to the autographs.

“Here, at last, is a well-written, succinctly stated, wisely selected history and wonderfully ilustrated textual criticism guide that covers both testaments in one volume. Where others have often made this science sound arcane and obtuse, Paul Wegner has skillfully described textual criticism in plain but ample and interesting ways. I highly recommended it to all serious Bible students, but especially to seminary faculty who must juggle book budgets and who up to now have had to order a separate text in this area for each testament.”
Prof. Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., Ph.D.
(President Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of Old Testament and Ethics at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, U.S.A.; Bachelor of Arts—A.B. from Wheaton College; Bachelor of Divinity—B.D. from Wheaton Graduate School; and Master of Arts—M.A. and Doctor of Philosophy—Ph.D. in Mediterranean studies from Brandeis University)

“No introductory textbook to textual criticism of the Bible measures up to A Student’s Guide to Textual Criticism of the Bible. It uniquely combines Old Testament and New Testament textual criticism into one handy, delightfully ilustrated volume. Paul Wegner writers for students, successfully guiding them through the text’s long and complex journey by his clear style, objectivity, and arresting photographs. General readers of the Bible will appreciate this introduction to the textual notes in their Bibles.”
Prof. Bruce K. Waltke, Th.D., Ph.D.
(Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary, U.S.A. and Emeritus Professor of Old Testament at Regent College, Canada; Bachelor of Arts—B.A. from Houghton College; Th.M. and Doctor of Theology—Th.D. from Dallas Theological Seminary, U.S.A.; and Ph.D. from Harvard University)

Biography of Dr. Paul D. Wegner:
Prof. Paul D. Wegner, Ph.D. is a Professor of Old Testament at Phoenix Seminary, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A. He received A.A. from North Iowa Area Community College; Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from Moody Bible Institute; Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and Master of Theology (Th.M.) from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from University of London.

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