Synopses & Reviews
The First Edition of the New Testament is a groundbreaking book that argues that the New Testament is not the product of a centuries-long process of development. Its history, David Trobisch finds, is the history of a book--an all Greek Christian bible--published as early as the second century C.E. and intended by its editors to be read as a whole. Trobisch claims that this bible achieved wide circulation and formed the basis of all surviving manuscripts of the New Testament.
"Dr. Trobisch has produced a thought-provoking and significant study that will surely challenge the traditional understanding of the formation of the canon...The First Edition of the New Testament could have relevance for years to come."--Faith and Mission
About the Author
is internationally recognized for his work on the letters of Paul, the formation of the Christian Bible, and Biblical manuscripts.
Table of Contents
Thesis and Outline
2. Evidence for a Final Redaction
What Does Final Redaction Mean?
The Notation of the Nomina Sacra
The Use of the Codex Form
Arrangement and Number of Writings in the Manuscripts
The Titles of the Writings
The Title of the Canonical Edition
3. The Editorial Concept
Three Perspectives: Reader, Macrostructure, Traditional Material
The Selection of Authors
The Title of the Edition
4. A Note to the Readers of the Canonical Edition
Acts of the Apostles
Gospel According to John
The Readership of the Canonical Edition
Index of Manuscripts and Ancient Sources