Textual Criticism

Textual criticism

NEW TESTAMENT TEXTUAL CRITICISM

http://www.bible-researcher.com/links03.html
http://www1.uni-bremen.de/~wie/GNT/books.html - The Greek New Testament with Manuscripts and variants. Westcott-Hort text from 1881, combined with the NA26/27 Manuscripts and variants
http://www1.uni-bremen.de/~wie/TCG/index.html - Textcritical Commentary to the Gospels
http://www1.uni-bremen.de/~wie/TCG/TOP-Variants.pdf - The most important Manuscripts and variants in the Gospels
http://www.bible-researcher.com/title.html - A complete collation of Greek readings adopted by different Greek NT editors, including Nestle
http://www.scribd.com/doc/54229464/The-Text-of-NT-4th-Edit-Bruce-Metzger-Bart-Ehrman Metzger, Bruce M., Ehrman, Bart D., The Text of the New Testament (Fourth Edition, New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005)
http://www.bibleviews.com/authority-6.html , Translations and the Greek Text, By Leland M. Haines
http://www.str.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=6068 Is the New Testament Text Reliable?
http://bible.org/article/majority-text-and-original-text-are-they-identical The Majority Text and the Original Text: Are They Identical?

OLD TESTAMENT TEXTUAL CRITICISM

https://openaccess.leidenuniv.nl/dspace/bitstream/1887/10369/1/914_039.pdf critique textuelle de l'ancient testament
http://www.atypon-link.com/WDG/doi/abs/10.1515/ZAW.2007.004?cookieSet=1&journalCode=zatw

The importance of textual differences

http://www.biblefortoday.org/variants_letter.htm
Bible For Today ministry to re-print Dr. Jack Moorman's book entitled: "8,000 Differences Between the Textus Receptus and the Nestle-Aland NT Greek Texts." It is 536 pages in all. If these Fundamentalist brethren are wrong on this very important question, how many other major points can they be wrong in this battle for our Bible? With this book available as a hardback book, it could be put into the hands of hundreds of those who now have fallen in line with those favoring the Greek Critical Text. Within these 8,000 differences in the Critical Text, there are also at least 356 doctrinal passages which are in ERROR.

http://www.deanburgonsociety.org/Preservation/preservation.htm
http://www.supakoo.com/rick/ricoblog/2007/04/16/IsNestleAlandReallyThatGreat.aspx

http://www.katapi.org.uk/BibleMSS/Contents.htm FREE ONLINE BOOK! OUR BIBLE & THE ANCIENT MANUSCRIPTS by SIR FREDERIC KENYON formerly
Director of the British Museum Copyright Sir F Kenyon 1895. First
published Eyre & Spottiswoode 1895. fourth edition 1939.

*Textual Errors do not Endanger Doctrine.*
One word of warning, already referred to, must be emphasised in conclusion.
No fundamental doctrine of the Christian faith rests on a disputed reading.
Constant references to mistakes and divergences of reading, such as the plan of this book necessitates, might give rise to the doubt whether the substance, as well as the language, of the Bible is not open to question.
It cannot be too strongly asserted that in substance the text of the Bible is certain.
Especially is this the case with the New Testament.
[Dr. Hort, whose authority on the point is quite incontestable, estimates the proportion of words about which there is some doubt at about one-eighth of the whole;
but by far the greater part of these consists merely of differences in order and other unimportant variations,
and "the amount of what can in any sense be called substantial variation …
can hardly form more than a thousandth part of the entire text" (Introduction to The New Testament in the Original Greek, p. 2).]
The number of manuscripts of the New Testament, of early translations from it, and of quotations from it in the oldest writers of the Church, is so large that it is practically certain that the true reading of every doubtful passage is preserved in some one or other of these ancient authorities.
This can be said of no other ancient book in the world.
Scholars are satisfied that they possess substantially the true text of the principal Greek and Roman writers whose works have come down to us, of Sophocles, of Thucydides, of Cicero, of Virgil; yet our knowledge of their writings depends on a mere handful of manuscripts, whereas the manuscripts of the New Testament are counted by hundreds, and even thousands.
In the case of the Old Testament we are not quite in such a good position, as will be shown presently.
In some passages it seems certain that the true reading has not been preserved by any ancient authority, and we are driven to conjecture in order to supply it.
But such passages are an infinitesimal portion of the whole and may be disregarded.
The Christian can take the whole Bible in his hand and say without fear or hesitation that he holds in it the true Word of God, handed down without essential loss from generation to generation throughout the centuries.

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