Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Myths and Mistakes on Sale

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Elijah and I were pleased to hear last week that, not only was Myths and Mistakes the publisher’s bestselling book at both conferences in San Diego this year, but the first print run has already sold out. One seller that has not run out is Westminster Seminary Bookstore (now out too; see ChristianBook.com for 28% off), which is running a special on the book for $23.38 (42% off). That’s the cheapest I’ve seen it.

Here are some recent reactions and reviews from readers:
  • Sean McDowell: “Elijah Hixson and Peter J. Gurry have provided the church with an indispensable resource with the release of their recent book Myths and Mistakes in New Testament Textual Criticism. In my opinion, every pastor, Bible teacher, speaker, and apologist needs to read this book.”
  • James Snapp: “In general, each chapter of Myths and Mistakes in New Testament Textual Criticism has something worthwhile to offer to the reader. This book does not address all the text-critical myths that need to be addressed.  Truckloads of misinformation in KJV-Onlyist materials have been avoided. ... But one has to start somewhere. Myths and Mistakes is a good start.”
  • Justin Taylor (with excerpts from the book): “a remarkably careful and learned book that will step on some toes but serve the church and the cause of truth ... We all have a lot to learn from these rising stars of textual criticism who care about the truth and the witness of our apologetics.”
  • Andy Naselli: “Myths and Mistakes in New Testament Textual Criticism is kind of like Carson’s Exegetical Fallacies for text crit. (I’m sure I’m not the only NT prof who was relieved to not get quoted and refuted!) Impressive book. The authors know their stuff.”

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  1. I have two...I'm in the middle of my paper copy and I also bought the Logos format book. Loving it so far!

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  2. Second week of the VMR being offline. I wonder if they are just having problems fixing bad code, or maybe the page will have a major renovation?

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    1. Code fix or upgrade shouldn't take that long. I'm guessing it is a hardware failure, and they don't have either financial or human resources to restore the system. The worst case scenario is that their data files were not fully backed up, and it would take a very, very long time to restore them. I sure hope that is not the case, though it has happened to other institutes before.

      This is really bad timing, as Trismegistos are beginning to charge their data service starting the New Year.

      Hard times ahead.

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    2. Whilst the main NTVMR is currently offline, the NT Transcripts side is still working:

      http://nttranscripts.uni-muenster.de/AnaServer?NTtranscripts+0+start.anv

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    3. There is a security issue that needs to be resolved. The VMR is available locally on the WWU campus.

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  3. Nemo, I am trying to remain more optimistic. I have a rapidly growing list of things I plan to check as soon as the VMR is back online. In the mean time, the wiki pages are pretty up to date:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_New_Testament_papyri

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_New_Testament_uncials

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lists_of_New_Testament_minuscules#By_location_and_institution

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_New_Testament_lectionaries

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Testament_amulet

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  4. It's now sold out at Westminster Seminary Bookstore as well now

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    1. There's a small sale at christianbook.com if anyone can't wait for the next printing!

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  7. I hope John MacArthur gets a copy. He needs it BAD.

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