- Capa dura: 400 páginas
- Editora: OUP Oxford (25 de fevereiro de 2016)
- Idioma: Inglês
- ISBN-10: 0198744730
- ISBN-13: 978-0198744733
- Dimensões do produto: 23,6 x 2,8 x 16 cm
- Peso do produto: 717 g
The Latin New Testament: A Guide to its Early History, Texts, and Manuscripts (Inglês) Capa dura – 25 fev 2016
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Houghton’s account of the development of the Old Latin version is full of fascinating details which may cause even experienced researchers to wonder if they have given the Old Latin evidence the attention it deserves. He persuasively shows that, contrary to the impression one might get from comments by Augustine and others, all the Old Latin manuscripts of the Gospels share a common Latin ancestor. Houghton's clear introduction to Latin text-forms is extremely helpful, and goes a long way toward providing the means to weigh the Latin manuscripts accurately, rather than by making calculated guesses based on their production-dates.
Some casually stated points in this book have stunning implications, such as the observation that a Latin form of chapter-summaries from the mid-200's implies that the pericope adulterae (John 7:53-8:11) was part of the text of the Gospel of John at that time.
Houghton's analysis, while kept on an introductory level, makes it clear that a satisfactory study of Latin transmission-streams can never exist as long as it consists only of a study of the text; the paratext -- book-introductions, chapter-summaries, formatting, etc. -- must also be in the equation. One might hope that this point will not be lost on students of the Greek New Testament.
Non-specialists will likely find a new insight or new information every few pages in this book, whether the subject is a Latin manuscript, a lectionary, a patristic writer, or a modern-day editor. There was clearly a real need for a new introduction to the Latin New Testament's early history, manuscripts, and contents, and Houghton has done a great service to multiple fields of New Testament research by providing it. (If there is a flaw with this book, it is that the appendices, indices, and bibliography occupy so much room -- a hint of how much ground Houghton has covered in the main text.)
In addition, the publisher (Oxford University Press) must be commended for releasing this important book at a price within the budget of the typical researcher. Those who read this book with an e-reader will be blessed not only by the low price of the book, but also by the links to a multitude of online manuscript-images and other materials.
The Latin New Testament: A Guide to its Early History, Texts, and Manuscripts is divided into three major sections following the content outline of the subtitle: (1) history, (2) texts, and (3) manuscripts. The initial section on the history of the Latin New Testament comprises the bulk of the book. Houghton carefully guides the reader from earliest known records of Latin in the books of the New Testament to later part of the tenth century and beyond. The reader will discover this section to be both informative and detailed, as Houghton exhibits an unnatural familiarity with the subject matter. This section is easily unparalleled in print today. The second section of the book is essentially a guide to current resources available for research into the history and text of the Latin New Testament, followed by a more detailed look at the textual veracity of the Latin text (Gospels, Pauline Epistles, Acts of the Apostles, Catholic Epistles, and Revelation). This section is arguably the most informative and useful in the entire book. The third section of the book is focused on the Latin manuscript evidence, including features of the manuscripts (i.e. material and format, decoration, script, etc.) and a catalogue of manuscripts. Like section two, this section will likely be utilized more frequently than the first. Houghton rounds out the volume with three appendices outlining manuscript sigla, additional manuscripts cited in Vetus Latina editions, and additional gospel manuscripts.
Those familiar and interested in the textual study of the New Testament should recognize the importance of The Latin New Testament: A Guide to its Early History, Texts, and Manuscripts without hesitation. This is a volume of significant scholarship, comprehensive scope, invaluable usefulness, and unparalleled content. As mentioned above, the latter two sections of the book will likely be more relevant for most readers than the former. But, the initial section of the book builds an important foundation for those interested in the transmission of the New Testament. There is certainly something here for every reader. However, it should be noted that even some of the introductory matters may require at least a surface level familiarity with the ongoing dialogue. That said, if you are looking for a resource regarding the Latin Bible (especially that of the Latin New Testament), The Latin New Testament by H.A.G. Houghton should be at the top of the reading list. Moreover, if you are interested in the development and transmission of the New Testament, I cannot think of a resource worthier of becoming the next addition to your library. It comes highly recommended and will be consulted often!