New Testament Manuscripts

Course Information
TitleΤα χειρόγραφα της Καινής Διαθήκης / New Testament Manuscripts
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorAikaterini Tsalampouni
Course ID600015692

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
A general knowledge of the issues that concern the Introduction to the New Testament
Learning Outcomes
After the successful completion of the course the students will be able to: - recognize and describe the main features of a NT manuscript - to understand and discuss main issues of NT textual criticism, to critically evaluate and make decisions about them - to make use of the apparatus of NT critical editions in the exegesis of the New Testament
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course aims at introducing the history of the New Testament manuscripts, their textual variations and the issues that arise from it, the contribution of textual criticism in establishing the history of the NT text as well as in its exegesis: 1) Introduction: content, aim of the course, assignments. The various types of NT manuscripts and their main representatives, 2) History and dissemination of the NT text - textual types - Greek, Latin, Syriac and multilanguage manuscripts, 3) Introduction to the major features of a NT manuscript - Electronic databases of digitized manuscripts, 4) Practical skill in the description and transcription of NT manuscripts, 5) Main principles of NT textual criticism: stemma, families, quantitative methods, CBGN method, eclectic text, 6) Method and criteria of NT textual criticism: internal and external criteria and examples, 7) Critical editions and apparatus, 8) Gospels: prologues, Diatessaron, Eusebian apparatus, paratext, catenae, 9) Cases of textual criticism in the Gospels: Jn 7:53-8,11 and Mk 16:8ff, 10) Pauline letters: Euthalian apparatus, prologues to the letters, catenae, 11) Cases of textual criticism in the Pauline letters: Rm 16 and 1Cor 14:34-35, 12) Acts: text variations and Revelation: issues of textual criticism, 13) The contribution of textual criticism to the exegesis and the research of NT theology
New Testament, text history, textual criticism
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Databases of manuscripts
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
- Communication with the students by e-mail - digitized material for the study and evaluation of the students on e-learning patform - use of powerpoint presentation in teaching - use of digitized material and special applications
Course Organization
Reading Assigment301.2
Interactive Teaching in Information Center100.4
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities40.2
Written assigments160.6
Student Assessment
Written assigment (30% of the final grade) Analysis of texts in the class (20% of the final grade) Oral exams (50% of the final grade)
Student Assessment methods
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Σημειώσεις και διαφάνειες στην πλατφόρμα του e-learning
Additional bibliography for study
- K. Aland / B. Aland, The Text of the New Testament: An Introduction to the Critical Editions and the Theory and Practice of Modern Textual Criticism, μτφρ. Erroll Rhodes, Eerdmans: Grand Rapids, 1981 - B. Ehrman / M. Holmes (επιμ.), The Text of the New Testament in Contemporary Research: Essays on the Status Quaestionis, 2η έκδ., Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2013 - Hurtado, Larry. The Earliest Christian Artifacts: Manuscripts and Christian Origins. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006 - B. Metzger, Manuscripts of the Greek Bible: An Introduction to Palaeography. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 1991 - B. Metzger, The Text of the New Testament: Its Transmission, Corruption, and Restoration, 3η έκδ. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992 - Β. Μetzger, A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament, 2η έκδ., Stuttgart: German Bible Society, 1994 - D. Parker, An Introduction to the New Testament Manuscripts and Their Texts, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008
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