Category Archives: Textual Issues

How the Early Church Sought to Resolve Textual Variants

Since the printing press wasn’t invented until the 15th Century, every writing copied prior to that time had to be copied by hand.  This post describes how the New Testament documents reduced the errors that would be natural in such … Continue reading

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Craig Evans and Bart Ehrman Debate the Historical Reliability of the New Testament Regarding Jesus of Nazareth

The title of this debate between Craig Evans and Bart Ehrman is “Does the New Testament Present a Reliable Portrait of the Historical Jesus?”  (recorded January 19, 2012 at St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) Craig Evans on … Continue reading

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Did the Bible go through Countless Revisions? – Mike Licona, PhD

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8mnxzHoPqE&feature=em-uploademail Has the Bible been through a number of additions and revisions? Mike Licona answers this question. (Video 2:55)

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Larry Hurtado on Why the Gospel of Mark Did Not Suffer the Fate of “Q”

For my money (until someone comes along with a more persuasive suggestion), the early association of GMark with the Apostle Peter was likely at least one major factor. via Why did the Gospel of Mark Survive?

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Q: Can We Trust Jesus through the Bible Without Being Religious?

This following answer was originally given here, in response to an unbeliever’s challenge to the historical reliability of the Bible. A: The Nicene Creed holds no importance for me because it is a product of the post-apostolic church and therefore … Continue reading

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What evidence is there that the Bible a reliable historical document?

Q: Using the same standards of credibility applied to other historical documents, how does the collection of documents that is the Bible stack up? A: The Bible is the most well-attested set of documents we have from antiquity. No other literature … Continue reading

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The Fascinating World of Ancient Papyri— Part Two (Ben Witherington)

First paragraph: According to William Johnson (pp. 87-91), the standard bookroll tended to have 20 sheets, though production of rolls with up to 50-70 sheets are known, but they are surely special orders. If a scribe ran out of space, … Continue reading

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An Introduction to the Septuagint, the Old Testament in Greek

Opening paragraph: In our readings from Justin in the past and coming weeks, Justin makes a spirited case for Christianity on the basis of the Old Testament. Though Justin had access to the “memoirs of the apostles,” which likely included … Continue reading

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The Fascinating World of Ancient Papyri— Part One | Ben Witherington

How the first post in this series begins: One of the things that often affects discussions about Biblical manuscripts from antiquity is assumptions about how they were made. For example, you regularly hear NT scholars say things like ‘Luke’s Gospel … Continue reading

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Five More Myths about Bible Translations and the Transmission of the Text by Daniel Wallace

Opening paragraph: There’s an old Italian proverb that warns translators about jumping in to the task: “Traduttori? Traditori!” Translation: “Translators? Traitors!” The English proverb, “Something’s always lost in the translation,” is clearly illustrated in this instance. In Italian the two … Continue reading

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