However, most entertaining is a series of 45 plates of manuscript pages with detailed analysis. The utter variety of version gives the reader an appreciation of scholars like Nestle and Aland who strived to create the best standard text. I wasn't too happy with the book's folio format which, though it allows some of the plates to be reproduced closer to their original size, makes the book unwieldy and inconsistent with most of OUP's output. Nonetheless, Manuscripts of the Greek Bible is quite a enjoyable introduction to the work of paleographym, and I'd recommend it to anyone interested in New Testament textual issues as well as budding classicists.
Nov 01, David Jackson rated it it was amazing. Although I have yet to read this entire book, I have read about 30 pages of it and hope to read more. I have always been fascinated by languages as well as the history of bible manuscripts. This book satisfies both curiosities. This book explains such things as how bible scholars can use handwriting and grammar in a Greek manuscript to obtain clues as to how old the manuscript is.
There is also a chapter on the various materials used for the writing surface the "paper" of the manuscript.
Metzg Although I have yet to read this entire book, I have read about 30 pages of it and hope to read more. Metzger does include some terms that might be considered techie but I learned quickly enough that these terms are standard to those who are involved in this line of work. Michael D Reichard rated it it was amazing Apr 22, Ben Reynolds rated it liked it Oct 02, Ben rated it it was amazing Dec 03, David rated it it was amazing Jun 13, Roger rated it it was amazing Aug 09, Igor Paz rated it really liked it Mar 19, Jason Milton rated it it was amazing Dec 21, Azotuswrote rated it really liked it Aug 19, Joseph Myers rated it really liked it Jun 12, Michael E Brown rated it really liked it Jun 07, Alan Brehm rated it really liked it Nov 07, Milton Goodwin rated it it was amazing Feb 27, Pishowi rated it really liked it Aug 20, Yancy Smith rated it it was amazing Jun 06, Stanislav rated it it was amazing Oct 14, Natasha rated it liked it Jan 30, Alistair Mcpherson rated it it was amazing Dec 07, Mark Grago rated it it was amazing Dec 26, Greg rated it it was amazing May 12, Chris rated it it was amazing Dec 28, Jason added it Sep 27, Cynthia marked it as to-read Jun 15, Chris Little added it Jul 26, Michael marked it as to-read Sep 30, Nicholas Quient marked it as to-read Sep 02, William marked it as to-read Sep 11, Wikimedia Italia added it Dec 31, Theodros marked it as to-read Jan 13, Nsimbi Ibrahim marked it as to-read May 09, David Calderwood marked it as to-read Oct 09, Randy Smith added it May 09, Jamie marked it as to-read May 28, Billy Todd added it Jun 27, Ellie Wofford marked it as to-read Sep 18, Mitchell Elliott marked it as to-read Oct 11, Ryan Hayes marked it as to-read Nov 20, Oxford University Press; 1 edition September 17, Language: Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your video.
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Giordano Paredros Top Contributor: Great intro to Greek paleography with numerous examples. Although restricted to biblical Greek paleo this is a very good intro the methods of paleography in general. The Bible being probably the most studied of any ancient document. Metzger was arguably the last of the grand professors of the subject.
Obscure for most people, recommended highly along with his other works on Biblical transmission and textual corruption.
His bibliographies here and in his other books offer additional avenues for further study. Paleographical methods are not just limited to biblical research, but can be applied to other areas of literacy. One person found this helpful. The book itself is very good; unfortunately the current printing being sold is a poor quality reprint by Oxford. The pages look like xerox copies actually my own cheap personal copier makes better quality copies than Oxford made here.
As a result, many of the plates are very hard or impossible to decipher. Very disappointing for an Oxford book: The original uncorrected printing tan-colored binding appears to be the best - the print quality of the plates is much better.
The early printings of the corrected reprint tan-colored binding with dark-blue dust jacket appear to be okay. The plates aren't as high resolution printing as the original edition, but they're much better than the latest dark-blue binding, no dust jacket corrected reprint.
The book itself I give 5 stars. The current reprint I give 1 star, after having the opportunity to compare it side-by-side with the two earlier printings. An Introduction to Greek Paleography is a enlightening overview of how the Bible has come down to us written by noted New Testament scholar Bruce Metzger.
It is, however, a work whose information goes beyond the New Testament, and the subtitle might as well be interchanged with the title, as with this work one can understand how many secular works in Greek were preserved to the modern day. Metzger begins with a presentation of the Greek alphabet and its various styles.
Alan Brehm rated it really liked it Nov 07, Your request to send this item has been completed. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your video. The remainder is a series of useful appendecies concerning dating of manuscripts, how to collate a manuscript, and various statistics.
He gives a necessary explanation of Greek sounds, as a few later manuscript writers erroneously wrote some words based on their modern pronunciation instead of their ancient spelling. The idiosyncracies of the manuscript tradition, with its abundance of abbreviations, artistic colouring, glosses, and punctuation are spelled out in depth.
I found Metzger's book most useful as I finally learned how publishers of the New Testament came to agreement on the division into chapters and verses. Of course, nearly all of this information is useful not only for people interested in the New Testament, but also for those who wonder how monks preserved other Greek-language works like, say, the plays of Aristophanes or the dialogues of Plato.
The core of Metzger's work is only 48 of the book's pages. The remainder is a series of useful appendecies concerning dating of manuscripts, how to collate a manuscript, and various statistics. However, most entertaining is a series of 45 plates of manuscript pages with detailed analysis. The utter variety of version gives the reader an appreciation of scholars like Nestle and Aland who strived to create the best standard text. I wasn't too happy with the book's folio format which, though it allows some of the plates to be reproduced closer to their original size, makes the book unwieldy and inconsistent with most of OUP's output.
This book shows the beauty and love that went behind the manuscripts that the Church preserved and compiled! Although the price is quite steep for such a short read you can finish it in one sitting! Inside you will find valuable images of Biblical manuscripts, lectionaries, and a great introduction and in depth look at Greek palaeograpy. Metzger is to be commended at such a fair treatment in this book.
I recommend this book for anyone interested in the Biblical manuscripts, in information as to how they came down to us, and to find out just how marvelously the early Church has preserved these deposits of our faith. Even for those who are not particularly interested in the Greek Bible, this is the best intro to paleography, textual studies, and book production in the ancient world. The illustrations cover the period from the second century BC to the 15th century AD.
After a thorough survey of the fundamentals of Greek palaeograpy, the author discusses many of the distinctive features of biblical manuscripts, such as musical. In Manuscripts of the Greek Bible, Professor Metzger provides an authoritative and absorbing account of the palaeography of Greek manuscripts of both the Old .
However do yourself a favor and buy a used copy of the original edition. The current reprint as usual is poor. See all 5 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.
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