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The Story of the New Testament Text: Movers, Materials, Motives, Methods, and Models
Robert F. Hull Jr
RBS 58
Publication Date
October 2010


This volume tells the story of the New Testament text from the earliest copies to the latest scholarly editions in Greek. Using a cross-sectional approach, the author introduces those who have developed the discipline of New Testament textual criticism (the movers); the aims that drove them (the motives); the ancient sources for recovering the text (the materials); the criteria and techniques (methods); and the books and other examples of best practices (the models) of New Testament textual criticism. Written primarily for seminary students, the book will also interest clergy and graduate students in biblical studies, theology, church history, and religion.

Robert F. Hull Jr. is the recently retired Dean and Professor of New Testament at Emmanuel School of Religion in Johnson City, Tennessee. He has written on New Testament textual criticism, Christian identity in the Greco-Roman world, and biblical theology.

“Robert Hull has written a lively and insightful narrative of the historical development and contemporary practice of New Testament textual criticism, bringing it right up-to-date. In the process, he offers sufficient detail and nuance to show competence, perception, and accuracy, and remarkably his treatment is both succinct and comprehensive in describing a highly complex field. Along with the basic Greek texts and text-critical tools—all described in the volume—it could serve well as an introductory textbook.”
— Eldon Jay Epp, Harkness Professor of Biblical Literature Emeritus, Case Western Reserve University

“In this excellent volume, Robert Hull shows how and why the “new” textual criticism is not your grandparents’ (or great-grandparents’) version. This is no crusty primer of textual-criticism intended only for the most die-hard specialist, but an engaging narrative of the history of New Testament textual criticism that is a delight to read. Like so many of the ancient manuscripts that preoccupy text critics, Hull’s book is a treasure trove of information, offering insight that will be of use to seasoned practitioners as much as it will benefit novices to the field. I recommend it most highly.”
— Brent A. Strawn, Associate Professor of Old Testament, Emory University

“This is a well researched book with an up to date bibliography. … Hull does not pretend to have written an innovative book but he is a well informed guide who should enable others to share with him his enthusiasm for and appreciation of New Testament textual criticism.”
— J. K. Elliott, Novum Testamentum