This post is part of a series entitled Key Bible and Theological Reference Tools. This series seeks to provide one with an introduction to some key Biblical and theological reference tools. In this series one will find basic explanations, significant examples, and other information about these reference tools.
Basic Description of Greek NT Eclectic Texts
The main Greek New Testament texts used in New Testament studies are eclectic. That is, their ‘finalized’ forms are compositions of various readings from a variety of manuscripts as opposed to being equivalent to one complete New Testament manuscript. Because the texts of various manuscripts differ at points (these differences are known as ‘varients’), methods are used to conclude which reading is most likely the original one. (This process of determining the most likely reading is known as ‘text criticism’).
Significant Greek NT Eclectic Texts
Novum Testamentum Graece: Nestle-Aland (e.g., NA28) – Used in Trinity courses.
The Greek New Testament by United Bible Society (UBS).
The Greek New Testament According to the Majority Text.
The Textus Receptus Greek New Testament.