Book Review

A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament

reviewed by Robert Nguyen Cramer


A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament, Second Edition, by Bruce M. Metzger, New York: United Bible Societies [UBS], 1994. This is a uniquely helpful aid in researching textual issues. This work is based upon The Greek New Testament, Fourth Revised Edition (New York: UBS, 1993), and is comprised of verse-by-verse explanations of the Editorial Committee of the United Bible Societies' Greek New Testament. It provides a detailed, well-reasoned explanation of why a word, phrase, or verse found in some Bible versions is or is not considered to be part of the original texts of the Greek New Testament. This can be ordered directly from the American Bible Society online at or by phone at 1-800-322-4253.

Dr. Metzger is arguably the leading authority on ancient New Testament texts and on the Christian canon. He has served as vice-chair and chair of the translation committees for the Revised Standard Version and the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, has served on the Editorial Committee of the United Bible Societies' Greek New Testament since its original 1966 edition, is Professor Emeritus of New Testament Language and Literature at Princeton Theological Seminary, and is author of numerous books that have become standard texts used by biblical scholars.

For an explanation of textual criticism, which is the methodology used in textual commentary, see Encountering New Testament Manuscripts: A Working Introduction to Textual Criticism, by Jack Finegan (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1974).


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