Does the Modern Apologetic Offer a Meaningful Response to Bart Ehrman?

Introduction It is often stated that the Confessional Text position, which was the position that the post-Reformation divines defended against the Papists and Anabaptists, offers no meaningful answer to critics like Bart Ehrman. It is said that in order to defend the text of the New Testament, one has to adopt the epistemology and methodsContinue reading “Does the Modern Apologetic Offer a Meaningful Response to Bart Ehrman?”

The Most Dangerous View of the Holy Scriptures

Introduction Quite often in the textual discussion, it is boldly proclaimed that “our earliest and best manuscripts” are Alexandrian. Yet, this statement introduces confusion at the start. It introduces confusion due to the fact that there are sound objections as to whether it is even appropriate to use such a term as “Alexandrian” when describingContinue reading “The Most Dangerous View of the Holy Scriptures”

Is the Confessional Text Position Mythical, Anachronistic, Anti-Reformed, and Ahistoric?

Introduction A major problem with the textual discussion as it pertains to which Greek and Hebrew text Reformed Christians accept as authentic, is that many people who have strong opinions regarding the matter have not consulted Reformed sources regarding the text. This extends beyond the textual issue with modern “Reformed” Christians who claim the titleContinue reading “Is the Confessional Text Position Mythical, Anachronistic, Anti-Reformed, and Ahistoric?”

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await a truly critical edition of the New Testament…Each new discovery made the old critical apparatuses ever more out of date, and, even more worryingly, cast doubt on the quality of existing critical texts…The Nestle-Aland edition is a fine tool, and one could not imagineContinue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”

The Septuagint and the Received Text

Introduction Recently, I encountered the view that the Hebrew masoretic text of the Old Testament was not inspired. Some say that it was a wicked, corrupted, invention of Christ hating Jews. Others simply deny the authenticity or preservation of the Hebrew text in favor of the Septuagint. This is not some niche corner of theContinue reading “The Septuagint and the Received 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”

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”

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”