Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament, Vol. I
by Frederick Henry Ambrose Scrivener
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Frederick Scrivener was a British biblical
scholar of the 19th century who dedicated his research to
the New Testament. In Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New
Testament, Scrivener studies over 3,000 manuscripts of the New
Testament. Many of the accounts in this volume have been written or
compiled by leading scholars in the fields of Greek and Latin classics
or biblical studies. This first volume contains Scrivener's preliminary
considerations where he explains the importance of textual criticism and
introduces the reader to the types of manuscripts contained in the
volume. Then Scrivener presents the general character of the Greek
manuscripts, exploring the various writing materials, styles, and
literary conventions associated with individual manuscripts. The
majority of this volume is filled with the uncial manuscripts of the
Book of Acts, the Gospels, and Paul's epistles. These uncial
manuscripts are written in the Greek or Latin script of the early
centuries. The wealth of manuscripts contained in this book is
unrivaled. As a result of completing a project of this latitude,
Scrivener will be remembered for decades.
CCEL Staff Writer