One of the greatest tragedies in the modern-day history of Christianity [1980 - present] is that churchgoers have not been educated about the history of the New Testament text. In fact, they are so misinformed that many do not even realize that the Hebrew text lies behind our English Old Testament, and the Greek text lies behind our English New Testament. Sadly, many seminaries that train the pastors of today’s churches have also required little or no studies in the history of the Old or New Testament texts.
As Luke, Paul, Peter, Matthew, James, or Jude handed their authorized text off to be copied by others, i.e., published, what would it have looked like? What is the process that the New Testament writers would have followed to get their book ready to be published, that is copied by others? Once they were ready for publication, how would they be copied throughout the centuries, up until the time of the printing press of 1455 C.E.? Why was it so hard to be a secretary in the first century C.E.? How was such work done? What writing materials were then in use? How were the NT books made?
The distinction between clean and unclean animals came about by the use of sacrifices in worship, and not by what was permitted to be eaten and what was not permitted. The flesh of the animals was not permissible to be eaten by man prior to the flood. The clean and unclean designation was applied to... Continue Reading →
Genesis 1:6-8 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 6 And God went on to say, “Let there be an expanse in the middle of the waters, and let there be a separation between the waters and the waters.” 7And God went on to make the expanse, and make a separation between the waters, which were under... Continue Reading →
The “kinds” of animals that were chosen are not the same as the modern day term “species.” The account says they were chosen “according to their kinds.” In fact, over a million species can be reduced to a few “kinds.” You have the dog “kind”, the horse “kind” and the cow “kind”, to mention just... Continue Reading →