“The study of lower criticism is on-going, and new manuscripts may yet be discovered. But at this point about 400 words in the Greek New Testament are in question. This amounts to about forty lines. The word count for the Greek New Testament is 138,020 (depending on which edition one is using). So the number of readings that remain in question in the Greek New Testament is less than half of one percent, in other words, approaching zero. Furthermore, none of these questionable readings affects any doctrine of the Christian faith.” (p.32)
“To discredit the New Testament, non-believers throw around the number 400,000 variants, But to get that number they must count spelling differences, obvious scribal blunders, late additions to the text, and grammar differences that experts in lower criticism do not take seriously. The majority of manuscripts agree on over ninety-nine percent of the New Testament text.” (p.32)
I find this to be very reassuring in light of all the criticism cast upon God’s word from ignorant souls and infidels in an attempt to discredit the Bible. The revelation and preservation of the Word is truly a fascinating study that continually rewards the honest student and solidifies one’s trust in the providence of God.
An introduction to the basic tools and vocabulary for biblical research together with a chronological overview of the entire Bible, and the history of it's preservation and translation. Designed as an introductory course for Freshmen in Bible college. Research assignments included.
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