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The Living Text of the Gospels
The Living Text of the Gospels represents an important new departure in Gospel studies and textual criticism. David Parker offers a way of reading the Gospels which treats seriously the fact that they first existed as manuscripts. Through an analysis of the different forms of a number of key passages, he demonstrates that the Gospels cannot be properly understood as texts ...more
Paperback, 244 pages
Published December 10th 2005 by Cambridge University Press
(first published August 7th 1997)
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This is essential reading for anyone interested in the text of the New Testament. Parker does an outstanding job of challenging long held assumptions about textual criticism and opens up new ways of understanding and appreciating the diversity of readings found within the manuscript tradition.
A highly technical and scholarly work and probably too difficult for me, but having said that, I found this material perfect background for writing my current novel-in-progress about the first century documents of Early Christianity, the problems of knowing versus probablilty, of history versus the past, of how to evaluate the New Testament writings of Paul, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John. In essence, D.C. Parker posits that these documents, of which the oldest copies date to 195 AD, tell the story o ...more
By giving a detailed description of certain textual problems, the author emphasizes the variety of Texts which reflects approaches of different church traditions. The author thinks that the ultimate cause of this textual variety is the work of the Holy Spirit. This interesting in itself claim seem to try to connect academics and spirituality, which is an unexpected move.
Being new to textual criticism, I think this was a good introduction. However, now I'm left with so many questions regarding the doctrine of the word that I can't say I loved reading it. It has definitely impacted my thinking; time will tell how I am able to use this information.