Two tasks now need to be done if the next generation is to have a better, that is, a more accurate, New Testament. First, much of the evidence which has come to light in the last eighty years must be collected and published in a usable form. Second, on the basis of this evidence a new edition of the text of the Greek New Testament must be prepared. If the first is done, the second will be done. If the second is done, new translations, or English versions of the New Testament, will be made.
The collection of the evidence of the manuscripts as to the wording of the Greek New Testament is called “A Critical Apparatus for the Greek New Testament.” The standard for such an edition was set by Tischendorf in 1869 in his eighth edition of the Greek New Testament. This was discussed in chapter iv (pp.22-26). Tischendor.f’s edition went far toward making available the evidence that was discovered between 1516 and 1869. His edition was a tremendous achievement, how tremendous only those who have struggled with similar problems can testify.
But more manuscripts were discovered after 1869, and, of the earlier ones, Tischendorf knew some of his manuscripts only in part.
What is the Best New Testament by ERNEST CADMAN COLWELL
THE University of Virginia in ***1947*** invited me to deliver a series of lectures on the manuscript sources of the New Testament. These lectures were given as the James W. Richard Lectures in Christian Religion in the autumn of that year. The present volume is a rewriting and enlargement of the Richard Lectures.
I wish to take this opportunity to thank President Colgate Darden of the University of Virginia and Professor S. V. McCasland for the many courtesies shown me in Charlottesville.
I must acknowledge also my indebtedness to scholars from many countries whose labors have supplied the material which is here presented. My association with these scholars in the study of New Testament manuscripts has been an exceedingly pleasant one; and I hope that they will tolerate this effort to make scholarly lore intelligible to the layman.
ERNEST CADMAN COLWELL
EMORY UNIVERSITY, GEORGIA **** September 4 1951
Lore1 7lCr8 Webster.s New World Dictionary
5ME < OE lar, learning, teaching, akin to Ger lehre, teaching: see LEARN6
1 [Archaic] a) a teaching or being taught; instruction b) something taught
2 knowledge or learning; specif., all the knowledge of a particular group or
having to do with a particular subject, esp. that of a traditional nature