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Q&A #152 - Early compilations of New Testament texts

by Robert Nguyen Cramer

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Could you please help me:how do I find more info on the ORIGINS of compilation of the Greek texts, or other texts in the 'making' of the New Testament (around Constantine's reign time, I would think)? If you can refer me to this, I will appreciate it. Your site looks very helpful.



A list of useful resources on early compilations of New Testament texts can be found at:

Of primary value to your research are the following:

(1) The Text of the New Testament, Revised and Enlarged, by Kurt Aland and Barbara Aland, translated by Erroll F. Rhodes (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1989)

(2) The Canon of the New Testament: Its Origin, Development, and Significance, by Bruce M. Metzger (Oxford: Clarendon Press)

(3) The Journey from Texts to Translations: The Origin and Development of the Bible, by Paul D. Wegner (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academics, 1999) - The data and layout of this book are very useful, but some conclusions (such as on authorship) are conservative and not representative of the most current scholarship.

(4) The Early Versions of the New Testament, by Bruce M. Metzger (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1977)

(5) The Text of the New Testament: Its Transmission, Corruption, and Restoration, Third Edition, by Bruce M. Metzger (NY: Oxford University Press, 1992)

To explore other research and corresponding well-reasoned arguments on issues surrounding the development of the New Testament Greek text, see:

(1) The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture: The Effect of Early Christological Controversies on the Text of the New Testament, by Bart D. Erhman (NY: Oxford University Press, 1993)

(2) The First Edition of the New Testament, by David Trobisch (NY: Oxford University Press, 2000)

To explore listings of New Testament manuscripts, see:

To explore a bibliography of resources on non-canonical early Christian writings, see:


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