Evaluating the Modern Claim of Better Data

Introduction It is often said that modern textual scholars know more than any other scholar in history because of new data and fresh methodologies. This is somewhat perplexing, because one would expect that the New Testament manuscript data available today would actually be less abundant due to the fact that hand copying ceased somewhere aroundContinue reading “Evaluating the Modern Claim of Better Data”

A Scripture is a Scripture, No Matter How Small

Introduction Many Christians have had trouble understanding what is meant by the Westminster Confession of Faith and the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith when they say that the Old Testament in Hebrew, and the New Testament in Greek have been “kept pure in all ages” (1.8). It does not mean that the framers ofContinue reading “A Scripture is a Scripture, No Matter How Small”

In Pursuit of the Divine Original

Introduction What does it mean to have the original text of the Greek New Testament? There are varying definitions of this term “original”, which adds confusion to the discussion of New Testament textual criticism. I won’t go down the road of explaining every nuance in the discussion of defining terms, but I will say thatContinue reading “In Pursuit of the Divine Original”

Providential Exposure as it Relates to Preservation

The Theological Method and Preservation The Theological Method for determining the text of Scripture heavily relies upon understanding the text that has been received by Christians, which is commonly called “exposure”. The text of Scripture is that which has been exposed to the people of God throughout the ages. John 10:27 says, “My sheep hearContinue reading “Providential Exposure as it Relates to Preservation”

Partial Preservation & The Confessional Text

Introduction To tell the history of the pericope adulterae is to tell the history of the Gospels, and vice versa. (To Cast the First Stone, Wasserman & Knust, 9). The story of the woman caught in adultery is beloved by many Christians, non-canonical to others, and a fascinating story of transmission of the New TestamentContinue reading “Partial Preservation & The Confessional Text”

The Young, Textless, and Reformed

“The Young, Textless, and Reformed” is a clever title crafted by Dr. Jeff Riddle, pastor of Christ Reformed Baptist Church in Louisa, Virginia. The title describes a young generation of Calvinists that were brought up in the environment of modern textual criticism, myself included. This generation is one of the first who did not growContinue reading “The Young, Textless, and Reformed”