Early on, some New Testament textual scholars pretty much mocked Westcott and Hort (WH) believing that they were overzealous, seeing it as bias too, at least until the 1950s. WH released their critical text in 1881, Hort said that Vaticanus preserved “not only a very ancient text but a very pure line of a very ancient text.” (Westcott and Hort 1882, 251) Later scholars argued that Vaticanus was a scholarly recension: a critical revision or edited text. However, …
CAN WE TRUST THE WESTCOTT AND HORT 1881 GREEK TEXT?: Were Westcott and Hort Occultist Unbelievers?
Almost ALL modern Bibles since 1881 are based on the Westcott and Hort Greek New Testament because the 2012 Nestlé Åland Greek New Testament is 99.5% the same as the Westcott and Hort 1881 Greek New Testament. Therefore, it must be asked, are ALL modern Bibles based on a text by Occultists or unbelievers? Before delving into whether Westcott and Hort were Occultists or unbelievers, let us look at their work first.
Fenton John Anthony Hort (1828 – 1892) World Renowned New Testament Textual Scholar
Fenton John Anthony Hort FSA, known as F. J. A. Hort, was an Irish-born theologian and editor, with Brooke Foss Westcott, of a critical edition of The New Testament in the Original Greek.