In Texts and Artefacts, veteran text critic and scholar of NT Larry Hurtado has assembled 12 studies, 11 of which have been published previously. Hurtado dedicates his collection of studies to his teacher and mentor Eldon Jay Epp, who is himself a highly regarded text critic. In the preface, Hurtado explains the rationale for his dedication and in doing so reveals important aspects of his training and why he approaches his work the way he does. His brief introduction elaborates on his understanding of textual criticism and what the ancient manuscripts can tell us, while at the same time introduces the studies themselves.

The first four studies are gathered under the heading “Text-Critical and Text-Historical Studies.” The first is “The New Testament in the Second Century: Text, Collections and Canon” (pp. 3–27). Hurtado considers how manuscripts were copied, studied, and read in corporate worship settings. The latter, he rightly...

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