Prolegomena to Bentley's Unfinished New Testament Project

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It is well known that the eighteenth-century classical scholar Richard Bentley once announced but never finished an ambitious project for a critical NT edition. What is less well known is that numerous entries of his archive have been preserved in Wren Library of Trinity College (TCL), Cambridge, until today. This article provides some prolegomena to a comprehensive enquiry into Bentley's unfinished NT project. It includes an updated summary of the archive, relevant secondary literature, a few examples for illustration, and on the basis of all this, some suggestions for future study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)322-338
Number of pages17
JournalNovum Testamentum
Issue number3
Early online date18 Jun 2020
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020


  • Richard Bentley
  • New Testament
  • textual criticism
  • history of scholarship
  • Wren Library
  • Trinity College Cambridge


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