Learn about the accuracy of the Bible through the centuries with textual criticism, historical evidence, and manuscript comparisons. Discover how the Bible has been accurately copied down through the ages.
Have the Early Papyri Manuscripts Made a Difference In the Critical Text of the Greek New Testament?
The papyri are documents written on papyrus, a material prepared in Ancient Egypt from the pithy stem of a water plant, used in sheets throughout the ancient Mediterranean world for writing. The early papyri of about 100+ manuscripts that date from 110-390 C.E. are said to be the most important for establishing the original.
The Transmission Quality of the Early Text of the Greek New Testament
It is true that the first three centuries of copying New Testament Greek manuscripts were “free,” in that scribes often took liberties with the manuscript they were copying from, chaotic copying of the texts, a period of copying that was in a state of flux by scribes who did not value what they were copying? Herein lies the truth.
How Reliable Are the Early Texts of the New Testament?
Yes, it would be the greatest discovery of all time if we found the original five books penned by Moses himself, Genesis through Deuteronomy. However, first, there would be no way of establishing that they were the originals. Second, truth be told, we do not need the originals.
THE LAST NAIL: Setting Straight the Indefensible Defenders of the Textus Receptus and King James Version
This makes more certain for us the Apostle Peter’s words: “But the word of the Lord endures forever.” (1 Peter 1:25) We can have the same confidence that the One who inspired the Holy Scriptures, giving us His inerrant Word, has also used his servants to preserve them, irrespective of the intentional and unintentional textual variants that entered the copies of the text, throughout the last two thousand years, and especially those many dozens of textual scholars that restored the text to its original form, “who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Tim. 2:4)
Be Convinced That God’s “Word Is Truth”
How do we know that the Bible’s message has been accurately preserved? What strengthens our trust in God’s Word? Why is it important now more than ever to be convinced that God’s “word is truth”?
TEXTUAL STUDIES: Manuscripts of the Bible
Unlock the secrets of the Bible's past with this article. Dive deep into the historical analysis of the Bible's manuscripts to gain a new understanding of the accuracy and authenticity of the texts we hold sacred today. From the Dead Sea Scrolls to the Codex Vaticanus, this article will challenge your perceptions and deepen your knowledge of the Bible's transmission, corruption, and restoration through time.
PAPYRUS 30 (P30) P. Oxy. 1598 Dating to about 200-250 A.D.
Uncover what was truly written in the early Christian church with Papyrus 30. This ancient manuscript, dating back to 200-250 A.D., contains a portion of the Pauline epistles and is considered to be one of the most reliable early copies of the New Testament. Discover the importance of Papyrus 30 in the study of early Christianity and the establishment of the original readings in the New Testament text. Buy out a few minutes to read this short article and delve into the history of this significant text.
NTTC JAMES 4:13: “We will” or “We could”?
There is a textual issue with the passage, which concerns a difference in verb tense between the majority of manuscripts and several early manuscripts (𝔓74 𝔓100 א) B. The majority of manuscripts use the aorist subjunctive, while (𝔓74 𝔓100 א) B uses the future indicative.
MATTHEW 19:9: Is “and he who marries a divorced woman commits adultery” an Interpolation?
Textual scholar Philip W. Comfort is below in detail, but in short he argues that “and the one marrying the divorced woman commits adultery” is the original wording. This is found in (𝔓25 B C* W Z), as well as 078 Maj, but omitted in א L. He feels that the textual evidence supports the inclusion of the clause, even though it is suspected of having been borrowed from Matthew 5:32. Is he correct?