The Gospel quotations and allusions in the writings of the blind monk Didymus of Alexandria are the subject of this inaugural volume in the SBL-sponsored series The New Testament in the Greek Fathers. Ehrman’s painstaking analysis of these recently discovered writings demonstrates the status of the N.T. text in the 4th century Alexandria, as well as—more generally—providing evidence for an assessment of the history of textual transmission. In the course of conducting his study, Ehrman offers significant refinements to the methodologies of textual analysis.
“The appearance…of a new SBL-sponsored series on ‘The New Testament in the Greek Fathers…is a significant event. Moreover, if subsequent volumes come anywhere close to the standard of excellence established by Ehrman (now at North Carolina) in this revision of his 1985 Princeton Seminary dissertation, this will become a very important series indeed…[Ehrman’s proposed methodology to determine textual types] is sophisticated, theoretically sound, and in the case of Didymus very effective in demonstrating that he is a strong representative of the ‘Late Alexandrian’ text…In all, this is a superior piece of work in terms both of the importance of its findings and the potential of its methodological proposals. One looks forward to more from this author, and from the series which has been capably inaugurated.” -Michael Holmes, Journal of Biblical Literature