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A New Approach to Textual Criticism: An Introduction to the Coherence-Based Genealogical Method
Wasserman, Tommy and Peter J. Gurry

Atlanta/Stuttgart: SBL Press/Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 2017 pp. xvi + 146. $19.95

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Description: An essential introduction for scholars and students of New Testament Greek. With the publication of the widely used twenty-eighth edition of Nestle-Alandís Novum Testamentum Graece and the fifth edition of the United Bible Society Greek New Testament, a computer-assisted method known as the Coherence-Based Genealogical Method (CBGM) was used for the first time to determine the most valuable witnesses and establish the initial text. This book offers the first full-length, student-friendly introduction to this important new method. After setting out the methodís history, separate chapters clarify its key concepts such as genealogical coherence, textual flow diagrams, and the global stemma. Examples from across the New Testament are used to show how the method works in practice. The result is an essential introduction that will be of interest to students, translators, commentators, and anyone else who studies the Greek New Testament.

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Textual Criticism

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Review by Robert F. Hull Jr.
Published 3/1/2019
Citation: Robert F. Hull Jr., review of Tommy Wasserman and Peter J. Gurry, A New Approach to Textual Criticism: An Introduction to the Coherence-Based Genealogical Method, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).


Review by Jeff Cate
Published 11/14/2018
Citation: Jeff Cate, review of Tommy Wasserman and Peter J. Gurry, A New Approach to Textual Criticism: An Introduction to the Coherence-Based Genealogical Method, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).


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