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TEXTUAL ERRORS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT: Unconscious or Unintentional and Conscious or Intentional

The Necessity of Evaluating the Evidence. (See How to Count Textual Variants) Criticism from its very nature concerns itself entirely with the problems suggested by the errors of various kinds which it brings to light. In the writings of the New Testament... Continue Reading →

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NTTC MATTHEW 4:17: Repent, for the kingdom of heavens has drawn near

The longer reading is preferred if there is clear reason(s) internally as to why the scribe omitted a word or phrase, like difficulties (perceived contradictions) or awkwardness. For example, a scribe may willfully remove or alter a verse that is repeating one of the previous verses. Continue Reading →

NTTC LUKE 23:34: “[[But Jesus was saying, ‘Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.’]]

The primary weight of external evidence goes to the original language manuscripts. If the weight is so evenly distributed, it is difficult to make a decision; the versions and Church Fathers may serve to tip the scales. Manuscripts are to be weighed not counted. Certain families of manuscripts are more trustworthy (e.g. Alexandrian over Byzantine, Western, or Caesarean). In addition, certain manuscripts within a family are more faithful than others (e.g. P66 P75 01 03) Continue Reading →

NTTC MATTHEW 4:12: Now when he [Jesus] heard that John had been arrested …

Manuscripts are to be weighed not counted. Certain families of manuscripts are more trustworthy (e.g. Alexandrian over Byzantine, Western, or Caesarean). In addition, certain manuscripts within a family are more faithful than others (e.g. P66 P75 01 03) Continue Reading →

NTTC MATTHEW 4:10: Then Jesus said to him, “Go away, Satan!”

The primary weight of external evidence goes to the original language manuscripts. If the weight is so evenly distributed, it is difficult to make a decision; the versions and Church Fathers may serve to tip the scales. Continue Reading →

NTTC MATTHEW 3:16a: the heavens were opened

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. Continue Reading →

NTTC MATTHEW 3:11b: he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire

The reading that the other reading most likely came from is likely the original. This is the fundamental principle of textual criticism. Thus, we can see why a scribe might ... Continue Reading →

NTTC MATTHEW 3:11a: I baptize you with water for repentance, but the one who is coming [after me] is mightier than I

Harmonization is a group of variants where we have scribal changes in an effort to make a passage of Scripture agree more closely with a similar or parallel passage in another book. Most of these changes take place in ... Continue Reading →

NTTC MATTHEW 3:7: the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to the baptism

“… coming to the baptism” א* B cop Origen; “… coming to his baptism” א1 C D L W 0233 f1, 33 565 579 700. 892 1241 1424 Maj it syr cop. The earliest textual support and likely the original reading of Matthew is ... Continue Reading →

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