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A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament

For the Use of Biblical Students

By The Late

Frederick Henry Ambrose Scrivener

M.A., D.C.L., LL.D.

Prebendary of Exeter, Vicar of Hendon

Fourth Edition, Edited by

The Rev. Edward Miller, M.A.

Formerly Fellow and Tutor of New College, Oxford

Vol. II.

George Bell & Sons, York Street, Covent Garden

London, New York, and Cambridge



Chapter I. Ancient Versions. Chapter II. Syriac Versions. Chapter III. The Latin Versions. Chapter IV. Egyptian Or Coptic Versions. Chapter V. The Other Versions Of The New Testament. Chapter VI. On The Citations From The Greek New Testament Or Its Versions Made By Early Ecclesiastical Writers, Especially By The Christian Fathers. Chapter VII. Printed Editions and Critical Editions. Chapter VIII. Internal Evidence. Chapter IX. History Of The Text. Chapter X. Recent Views Of Comparative Criticism. Appendix To Chapter X. Chapter XI. Considerations Derived From The Peculiar Character And Grammatical Form Of The Dialect Of The Greek Testament. Chapter XII. Application Of The Foregoing Materials And Principles To The Criticism Of Select Passages Of The New Testament. Appendix A. On Syriac Lectionaries. Appendix B. Additional Bohairic Manuscripts In Egypt (1893). Index I. Texts Of The New Testament Illustrated In This Treatise. Index II. Of Subjects. Footnotes


Page 167, l. 16. I am convinced that it is only just measure to a book, which from a strong prejudice is not known nearly as much amongst Textualists as its great merit deserves, to draw more attention to "The Revision Revised" by the late Dean Burgon. Those who have really studied it, to whichever school they belong, know how it teems with suggestion all through its striking pages. The present book owes a vast debt to him.

P. 248, ll. 8, 9 from bottom, for Sir Edmund Beckett read Lord Grimthorpe.

Some remains upon sacred Greek MSS. by Dr. Scrivener have been just published under the name of "Adversaria Critica Sacra," Cambridge: University Press. Reference has been made in this edition to some of the proof sheets which were sent to the Editor. Vol. I. Appendix A.


[Transcriber's Note: This book contains much Greek text, which will not be well rendered in plain text versions of this E book. Also, there is much use of Greek characters with a vertical bar across the tops of the letters to indicate abbreviations; because the coding system used in this e book does not have such an "overline", they are rendered here with underlines. It also contains much text in Syriac, which is written right to left; for the sake of different transcription methods, it is transcribed here in both right to left and left to rights, so that regardless of the medium of this E book, one or the other should be readable.]

1. The facts stated in the preceding volume have led us to believe that no extant manuscript of the Greek Testament yet discovered is older than the fourth century, and that those written as early as the sixth century are both few in number, and (with one notable exception) contain but incomplete portions, for the most part very small portions, of the sacred volume. When to these considerations we add the well known circumstance that the most ancient codices vary widely and perpetually from the commonly received text and from each other, it becomes desirable for us to obtain, if possible, some evidence as to the character of those copies of the New Testament which were used by the primitive Christians in times anterior to the date of the most venerable now preserved.

Such sources of information, though of a more indirect and precarious kind than manuscripts of the original can supply, are open to us in the Versions of Holy Scripture, made at the remotest period in the history of the Church, for the use of believers whose native tongue was not Greek... Continue reading book >>

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