Authorized Review – Decidedly Different: An Admission That Doctrine is Affected

Introduction In this review of Authorized: The Use & Misuse of the King James Bible, I want to demonstrate a critical error in Ward’s thinking as it pertains to the use of multiple translations. Ward claims that there are no major doctrines affected between the KJV and modern translations.  “No major doctrines are affected. ButContinue reading “Authorized Review – Decidedly Different: An Admission That Doctrine is Affected”

Authorized Review – Chapter 7: Don’t Be a Berean!

Introduction In Chapter 7 of Authorized: The Use & Misuse of the King James Bible, Ward ends his book far more clearly than when he started. He finally reveals his solution to the problem of KJV readability – simply read all translations. In fact, he even makes valuing all translations a qualification for being lovingContinue reading “Authorized Review – Chapter 7: Don’t Be a Berean!”

Authorized Review – Chapter 5: The KJV as a Second Language

This article is the sixth in a series reviewing Authorized: The Use & Misuse of the King James Bible. Introduction In chapter 5 of Authorized: The Use & Misuse of the King James Bible, Ward finally says clearly what has been lurking in between the lines in first four chapters: that the KJV should notContinue reading “Authorized Review – Chapter 5: The KJV as a Second Language”

Authorized Review – Chapter 4: Learning Words is Difficult

This article is the fifth in a series reviewing Authorized: The Use & Misuse of the King James Bible. Introduction Thus far in Authorized: The Use & Misuse of the King James Bible, the reader is being introduced to the idea that the King James Bible is more difficult to read than people may think.Continue reading “Authorized Review – Chapter 4: Learning Words is Difficult”

Authorized Review – Chapter 2: Jokes & Anecdotes

This article is the third in a series reviewing Authorized: The Use & Misuse of the King James Bible.  Introduction In the last article, I addressed Ward’s evaluation of what is lost if the King James Bible goes away. In this article, I will review Chapter 2 of Authorized: The Use & Misuse of theContinue reading “Authorized Review – Chapter 2: Jokes & Anecdotes”

Authorized Review – Chapter 1: A Strange Start

This article is the second in a series reviewing Authorized: The Use & Misuse of the King James Bible.  Introduction In the first article of this series, I highlighted several key observations from the introduction of Mark Ward’s book, Authorized: The Use & Misuse of the King James Bible. Notably that most people who readContinue reading “Authorized Review – Chapter 1: A Strange Start”

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”

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”

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”