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NTTC MATTHEW 5:22: “angry with his brother” OR “angry with his brother without cause”

The shorter reading is generally preferred if the change is intended. This is a reflection of scribal tendency, as a scribe is far more likely in his efforts at clarification, willfully to make an addition to a text. Very rarely will a scribe intentionally add to his text by mistake. The original reading was ... Continue Reading →

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NTTC MATTHEW 5:11: “say all kinds of evil against you falsely”

The more difficult or awkward reading is often preferable. The reading at first will seem to be more difficult or awkward to understand, but after further investigation, it will be discovered that ... Continue Reading →

Where Did Matthew 18:11 Go?

The earliest and most trusted two manuscripts (א B) do not include variant 1 or variant 2. Also excluding these variants is L* Θ* f1, 33 ite syrs copsa Origen as well. Continue Reading →

THE LAST NAIL: Setting Straight the Indefensible Defenders of the Textus Receptus and King James Version

The King-James-Version-Only advocates are John William Burgon (1813–1888), E. H. A. Scrivener (1813–1891), Edward Miller (1825–1901), and Edward F. Hills (1912–1981). The King James version Onlyist love to uses these men's tired arguments in their defense of the corrupt Textus... Continue Reading →

How Reliable Are the Early Texts of the New Testament?

Even though many textual scholars credited the Aland’s The Text of the New Testament with their description of the text as “free,” that was not the entire position of the Alands. They did describe different texts’ styles, such as “at least... Continue Reading →

CAN WE TRUST THE WESTCOTT AND HORT 1881 GREEK TEXT?: Were Westcott and Hort Occultist Unbelievers?

Before delving into whether Westcott and Hort were Occultists or unbelievers, let us look at their work first. Brooke Foss Westcott (1825–1901) and Fenton John Anthony Hort (1828–1892) were nineteenth-century theologians and Bible and textual scholars. Together, they produced The New Testament in... Continue Reading →

What Can We Do to Establish Faith In the Restored Text of the New Testament?

B. F. Westcott and F. J. A. Hort believed that they had established the original text with their New Testament in the Original Greek (1881). They write, “This edition is an attempt to present exactly the original words of the New Testament, so far... Continue Reading →

How Were the Scriptures Impacted By the Persecution of Early Christianity?

Jesus had told his followers, “‘a slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will keep yours also.’” (John 15:20) Certainly, the growth of Christianity from... Continue Reading →

How Did the Spread of Early Christianity Impact the Text of the New Testament?

The Apostasy Excursion Within just a few short decades after the death of the apostle John, divisions were already evident among the early Christians. Historian Will and Ariel Durant write: “Celsus [Greek Philosopher and second-century opponent of Christianity] himself had... Continue Reading →

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