Introduction to the Textual Criticism of the GNT

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CHAPTER III. THEORY AND PRAXIS OF THE TEXTUAL CRITICISM OF THE NEW TESTAMENT.1 THERE is no special theory of the textual criticism of the New Testament. The task and the method are the same for all literary productions. The task is to exhibit what the original writer intended to communicate to his readers, and the method is simply that of tracing the history of the document in question back to its beginning, if, and in so far as, we have the means to do so at our command. Diversity of treatment can only arise when the fortunes of one written work have been more chequered and complicated than those of another, or when we have more abundant means at our disposal to help us in the one case than in the other.

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