Chapter 2 Student Reading Guide

Do We Have the Original New Testament?

1.      In what sense is it true to say that we don’t have the original New Testament?

2.      What kinds of changes did scribes make in their copies of the New Testament? How often did they do so? What were some of the motivating factors? Do any of these changes matter for the interpretation of the New Testament?

3.      What evidence and/or criteria do scholars use to reconstruct the original text of the New Testament?