Two Different Texts

Introduction In my articles, I frequently comment that the Modern Critical Text and the Traditional Text represent two different forms of the text of the New Testament. Some disagree, and use this website to demonstrate that they are not that different. The site is helpful as a comparative tool between the ESV and KJV, thoughContinue reading “Two Different Texts”

Common Sense Arguments Against the Modern Critical Text

Introduction It is easy to get bogged down in conversations about textual variants, manuscripts, and elusive terminology when it comes to any talk about Textual Criticism. These types of conversations prevent the average Christian from entering into the discussion, and so it is common to just side with a favorite pastor or scholar. Fortunately, theContinue reading “Common Sense Arguments Against the Modern Critical Text”

A Response to Brother Mark Ward

Introduction First I want to acknowledge and commend the irenic spirit of Dr. Mark Ward as he presented a refutation of the position which he calls “Confessional Bibliology” in his lecture posted on September 27, 2019. For those that are readers of my blog, I have referred to this position as “The Confessional Text Position”,Continue reading “A Response to Brother Mark Ward”

Does the Confessional Text Position Start with the TR?

Introduction A common misconception with the Confessional Text is that the starting point of the position is that the Received Text is the preserved Word of God. It is said that adhering to this view on the text of Holy Scripture is simply an exercise of picking a text based on tradition and defending itContinue reading “Does the Confessional Text Position Start with the TR?”

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”

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”