What Makes a New Testament Manuscript Trustworthy, Accurate, and Weighty?

What is it that makes P66 P75 א B ‘quality external evidence’ or very weighty evidence over A* Θ Ψ 050 f1, Maj? Maj refers minuscules The Majority Text; that is, a group that is made up of thousands of minuscules that display a similar text. So, here we see that counting the manuscripts (the majority wins) does not mean that the majority is evidence for the preferred reading being original.

OMISSIONS or ADDITIONS?: Why Are Thousands of Variant Readings Missing from the Modern Bible Translations?

WHY IS IT THAT OMISSIONS AS OPPOSED TO ADDITIONS SEEM TO DISTINGUISH THE WH NU TEXTS FROM THE TEXTUS RECEPTUS (RECEIVED TEXT)?

Why is it that we have what the KJVOists & TROists call omissions in the Wescott & Hort 1881 Greek New Testament (WH) and the Nestle-Aland 28th edition Greek New Testament (NA), 99.5% same), which the WH NA would argue are actually additions to the original texts.

Why would the Holy Spirit miraculously inspire 66 fully inerrant texts, and then allow human imperfection into the copies?

Some Bible critics seem, to begin with, the belief that if the originals were inspired by God and fully inerrant, the subsequent copies must continue to be inerrant in order for the inerrancy of the originals to have value. They seem to be asking, “If only the originals were inspired, and the copies were not inspired, and we do not have the originals, how are we to be certain of any passage in Scripture?” In other words, God would never allow the inspired, inerrant Word to suffer copying errors. Why would he perform the miracle of inspiring the message to be fully inerrant and not continue with the miracle of inspiring the copyists throughout the centuries to keep it inerrant?

The Collation and Classification of Manuscripts

One of the vital and until recently, more tedious, tasks in the work of textual criticism was that of collating every extant Greek manuscript or fragment of the New Testament. We may be overjoyed at the abundance of sources available to us, which include the papyri, the codices, and even citations in the fathers; without collation, however, we would have no practical way to access and use them.

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