The Theology of the Text: What is Scripture?

This article is the first in the series called “The Theology of the Text,” designed to cover the topic of the text in short, accessible articles.  The Theology of the Text Part I: What is Scripture? Christian theology is built from the ground up from Scripture. Without Scripture, there is no stability to the ChristianContinue reading “The Theology of the Text: What is Scripture?”

If the Text-Critics Went to Lunch and Didn’t Come Back

Introduction An important practice in the business world is determining the viability and impact of a project before investing resources into that project. It seems this is a wise analysis to consider for evangelical text-criticism.  For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficientContinue reading “If the Text-Critics Went to Lunch and Didn’t Come Back”

1 John 5:7 and Modern Criticism

Introduction The Comma Johanneum (1 John 5:7) is a sticking point for many people when it comes to believing the claims of those who advocate for the Received Text of the Reformation, who say that the TR is the providentially preserved and vindicated text of Holy Scripture. More importantly, this variant, above all others, demonstratesContinue reading “1 John 5:7 and Modern Criticism”

Six Reasons Why I Do Not Want a Revised KJV

Introduction I am in the camp of Christians who believe that Bibles should be translated into every vulgar tongue from the Hebrew Masoretic and Greek Received Text of the Reformation. I have not always been so particular over which Hebrew and Greek texts I prefer my Bibles to be translated from, however. Over the yearsContinue reading “Six Reasons Why I Do Not Want a Revised KJV”

Providential Preservation and the Modern Critical Texts

Introduction There are many cases that I have seen where somebody who advocates for the modern critical text uses the theological language, “Providential Preservation.” This is typically due to the person not understanding the current state of modern textual criticism. There have been many developments that have been adopted in the mainstream of textual scholarshipContinue reading “Providential Preservation and the Modern Critical Texts”

Putting the Conversation in Perspective

Introduction It may be difficult for many people to see the relevance of the textual discussion. This is often because it is rare that a positive case is made for the modern critical text.The majority of exposure people get to this conversation from a modern critical text position are simply polemics and a healthy doseContinue reading “Putting the Conversation in Perspective”

The Confessional Text Position is Not “Anachronistic” – It’s Reformed

Introduction In light of the recent discussion on various text platforms and textual scholarship, a great effort has been made to conflate the modern view of Scripture with the historic, protestant view of the Holy Scriptures. One of the great benefits of dividing the conversation into the three categories of Textual Methodology, Text Platform, andContinue reading “The Confessional Text Position is Not “Anachronistic” – It’s Reformed”

Yes, Doctrine Is Affected

Introduction  Many Christians have become disarmed by the claim that there are no doctrinal differences between the Reformation Era and modern era texts of the New Testament. This may sound comforting, but it does not accurately represent the reality that doctrine is affected, and will continue to be affected as changes are made in furtherContinue reading “Yes, Doctrine Is Affected”

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”

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”