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Old 07-30-2012, 03:14 PM
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Earlier this year (2012) Chafer Theological Seminary conducted classes on Textual Criticism. They can be accessed here >>> > DeanBible.org: Textual Criticism

The first series of three classes were given at the annual Chafer Pastors' Conference at West Houston Bible Church in Houston Texas, and focus on the Majority Text.

The classes which follow those first three classes provide a basic introductory overview of Textual Criticism and the historical reliability of the Bible.

2012-NTTextualCritcism-00a < <<< Once in the website, to listen to the classes click on this.
Dr. Ron Minton
Textual Criticism on the Majority Text - Part 1 of 3 from the 2012 Chafer Pastors' Conference
March 12, 2012
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To view the paper click here >>> > http://deanbible.org/Media/Audio%20F...nton-paper.pdf

These classes are informative. I hope you will take the time to listen.

About Chafer Theological Seminary >>> > About Chafer Theological Seminary
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Old 07-31-2012, 02:35 PM
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I posted the link to the Textual Criticism classes so that people can get a basic understanding of Textual Criticism and how it shows the historical reliability of the Bible. Many people claim that the Bible has been tampered with to such a degree that it is impossible to know to what extent the manuscript copies are faithful to the original autographs. Such a claim is unwarranted.

The historical reliability of the Bible can be shown by means of Bibliographical testing, and through both internal and external evidence.

Bibliographical testing involves an analysis of the textual transmission of the manuscripts and their reliability.

There are currently known to be approximately 5,686 Greek N.T. manuscripts extant. The manuscript copies in other languages raise the number of extant manuscripts to over 24,970 copies.

Dr. Norman Geisler writes, 'The importance of the sheer number of manuscript copies cannot be overstated. As with other documents of ancient literature, there are no known extant (currently existing) original manuscripts of the Bible. Fortunately, however, the abundance of manuscript copies makes it possible to reconstruct the original with virtually complete accuracy. (Giesler, GIB, 386)'

David S. Dockery, Kenneth A. Mathews, Robert B. Sloan, authors of 'Foundations for Biblical Interpretation: A Complete Library of Tools and Resources' write, ''For most of the Biblical text a single writing has been transmitted. Elimination of Scribal errors and intentional changes leaves only a small percentage of the text about which which any questions occur.'' (Dockery, FBI, 176) They go on to say that 'although there are certaintly differences in many of the New Testament Manuscripts, not one fundamental doctrine of the Christian faith rests on a disputed reading. (Dockery, FBI, 182). Here is a bio on Dr. Dockery >> Dr. David S. Dockery - 15th President of Union University

Some of the most important manuscript copies were written within 300 hundred years of the completion of the N.T. This is much closer in time than is true of most other ancient writings.

The accuracy of the manuscripts is supported both by Lectionaries in which were written portions of Scripture to be read in church services, and by the early church fathers who collectively made over 36,000 quotations of the N.T. though they were sometimes loose quotes.

Most of the information on this post is from Josh McDowell's 'The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict.'

We can certainly trust the reliability of the better translations of the Bible. God has preserved His word despite the differences in the manuscript copies.

This is not intended as a debate, but rather to encourage people to listen to the Textual Criticism classes on the original post.
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