The Divine Original and the Initial Text

“At the most demanding level, I believe that we still await a truly critical edition of the New Testament…Each new discovery made the old critical apparatuses ever more out of date, and, even more worryingly, cast doubt on the quality of existing critical texts…The Nestle-Aland edition is a fine tool, and one could not imagineContinue reading “The Divine Original and the Initial Text”

Text and Translation

Introduction It is easy to read an article or facebook thread on the issue of textual criticism or translation and have trouble understanding what is going on. The conversation is shrouded by specialized terminology and polemics. This is often due to people getting their information from their favorite podcast or YouTube program. Often times, theContinue reading “Text and Translation”

There is No Modern Doctrine of Preservation

Introduction There is no modern doctrine of preservation, and I’m not sure people have realized it quite yet. What does preserved mean? It means that something has been kept safe from harm, uncorrupted, or maintaining the same form as it was when it was created. In this case, the New Testament corpus is the objectContinue reading “There is No Modern Doctrine of Preservation”

Received vs. Reconstructed

Introduction Those that are new to the discussion of Bible translation, Greek text, and textual criticism might often feel overwhelmed by the amount of specialized terminology. I thought it might be helpful to write an article discussing some of that terminology, and what the difference is between receiving the text of Scripture and reconstructing theContinue reading “Received vs. Reconstructed”

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”

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”