“Scholars differ significantly in their estimates—some say there are 200,000 variants known, some say 300,000, some say 400,000 or more!” Bart D. Ehrman has some favorite, unprofessional ways of describing the problems, which he stresses without qualification, in every interview he has for a lay audience or seminary students. For example, “There are more variations among our manuscripts than there are words in the New Testament.” Another, “We don’t even have copies of the copies of the originals, or copies of the copies of the copies of the originals.” Ehrman is impressively smooth, efficient, and works effortlessly in his misleading, misrepresenting, and misinforming.
DEBUNKING EHRMAN: ‘This was a Human Book from Beginning to End’
Agnostic early Christianity and textual scholar Dr. Bart D. Ehrman, writes, "For me, though, this was a compelling problem. It was the words of Scripture themselves that God had inspired. Surely we have to know what those words were if we want to know how he had communicated to us, since the very words were his words, and having some other words (those inadvertently or intentionally created by scribes) didn’t help us much if we wanted to know His words." Misquoting Jesus (p. 5)
DEBUNKING EHRMAN: ‘We Don’t Have Copies of the Copies of the Copies of the Originals’
"Not only do we not have the originals, we don’t have the first copies of the originals. We don’t even have copies of the copies of the originals, or copies of the copies of the copies of the originals. What we have are copies made later—much later. In most instances, they are copies made many centuries later. And these copies all differ from one another, in many thousands of places." - Agnostic NT textual scholar Dr. Bart D. Ehrman
Agnostic NT Textual Scholar Bart D. Ehrman Equates the Apocryphal Gospels as Being Equal to the Canonical Gospels—Is This True?
"Four such Gospels became most widely used—those of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John in the New Testament—but many others were written. We still have some of the others: for example, Gospels allegedly by Jesus’s disciple Philip, his brother Judas Thomas, and his female companion Mary Magdalene." - Misquoting Jesus (p. 24)