HDS 1884

New Testament Manuscript Studies and Textual Criticism: Seminar

Eldon Jay Epp


A critical and historical assessment of the manuscript tradition of the New Testament, with emphasis on the first several centuries and on the early Greek papyrus and majuscule manuscripts. Evaluation of the goals of textual criticism, the dominant manuscripts and versional traditions, the criteria for discriminating among variant readings, the various theories for grouping manuscripts, the attempts to write the history of the text, and the resultant critical editions. Exploration of the cultural-intellectual context of the manuscripts and their readings and of the relevance of textual variation for early Christian thought. Practice and projects will facilitate interaction with the manuscripts and the multiple approaches to and interpretations of the texts. Prerequisite: one and a half years of Greek.

Enrollment Limited: Limited to 12 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: Yes


0.50 credits
Spring 2014
Mon 3pm-6pm
Divinity Hall Room 213

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • New Testament and Early Christianity
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Scriptural Interpretation
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) None