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await a truly critical edition of the New Testament…Each new discovery made the old critical apparatuses ever more out of date, and, even more worryingly, cast doubt on the quality of existing critical texts…The Nestle-Aland edition is a fine tool, and one could not imagineContinue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

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”

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”

Providential Exposure as it Relates to Preservation

The Theological Method and Preservation The Theological Method for determining the text of Scripture heavily relies upon understanding the text that has been received by Christians, which is commonly called “exposure”. The text of Scripture is that which has been exposed to the people of God throughout the ages. John 10:27 says, “My sheep hearContinue reading “Providential Exposure as it Relates to Preservation”

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”