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This volume represents the best edition of Westcott and Hort’s classic text. According to Bruce M. Metzger, the Westcott and Hort Greek New Testament was “the most noteworthy critical edition of the Greek Testament ever produced by British scholarship.” They presented the oldest and purest text attainable with the means of information available in their day, took and refined the then-nascent critical methodology, and applied it to the various texts, producing the classification system that’s still in use today. Their evaluation of the various texts and text families, almost unchanged, is still accepted. This text, published in 1881, is the first modern critical text and, as such, the ancestor of the Nestle-Aland and United Bible Society texts. It is of use to those interested in the history of textual scholarship and those who do serious critical work. This particular edition of the 1881 Westcott and Hort text contains morphological analysis and has been thoroughly reviewed and corrected against the various print editions.
Fenton John Anthony Hort (1828–1892) was the Hulsean Professor of Divinity at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He is most famous for his work in the Westcott-Hort Greek New Testament, written with Brooke Foss Westcott. He is also the author of Introduction to the New Testament in the Original Greek, The Apocalypse of St. John: The Greek Text with Introduction, Commentary and Notes, and Six Lectures on the Ante-Nicene Fathers.
Brooke Foss Westcott (1825–1901) was a biblical scholar, theologian, and regius professor of divinity of Trinity College, Cambridge. He also served as bishop of Durham from 1890 until his death. Westcott studied at Trinity College in Cambridge where he graduated in 1848. In 1849, he obtained a fellowship at Trinity and was ordained deacon and priest. He received honorary degrees from Oxford in 1881 and Edinburgh in 1883. In 1890, he became the bishop of Durham. He has authored several works, including Introduction to the New Testament in the Original Greek, A General View of the History of the English Bible, Introduction to the Study of the Gospels with Historical and Explanatory Notes, and Saint Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians.