55. This [man] came for a testimony, so that he might testify concerning the Light, so that all through him might believe. [18]Technically, there is a slight distinction between the Alexandrian Text and the Critical Text, but for the purpose of this article, they are considered to be basically the same. "[12]Each of these passages forcefully argues for the divine, everlasting preservation of the Word of God. And that practice has led the church astray. Thus, obedience of the people had to be governed by the Word as it was originally given “by the hand of Moses” (verses 29ff.). For if once the authenticity of the Scriptures is taken away (which would result even from the incurable corruption of one passage), how could our faith rest on what remains? Consonants without vowels are not words, and God spoke to His people in words. In this manner, persons of all nations would come to know the way of salvation (John 20:31; Romans 1:16-17; 10:7), and be able to protect themselves against the evil one and his minions (Ephesians 6:10-18). [21]Robert L. Dabney, Discussions of Robert L. Dabney (The Banner of Truth Trust, 1982), I:364. English Bible translations also have a rich and varied history of more than a millennium. majority! Human language per se is a gift of God and is an entirely adequate and suitable vehicle for expressing divine truth accurately and literally. The Majority Text (or Ecclesiastical Text or Byzantine Text) is a compilation of Greek New Testament manuscripts using a "majority rules" method for determining the proper reading when various manuscripts contain variant readings. The experts in linguistics who have put these readings together, and diligently compared the manuscripts, The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! Scripture not only tells us that God will preserve His Word, it also tells us that He will use His ordained institution (not a group of “text scholars”) to preserve it. Mistakes in the original manuscripts would attribute error to God, but defects in the copies attribute error only to the copyists. For each item I also indicate which other editors have preferred the "Majority Text" reading over the Received Text. “Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to Visit the library for more information on the Textus Receptus. For example in 196… Majority Text scholars take a more mathematical approach to deciding what the original text of the New Testament was. and Savior Jesus Christ, and to our God and Father; because all of this, all that we do, we do to know Him better, [32]Engelsma, Modern Bible Versions, 27-28. 40. John Owen, who was a contemporary of the Westminster divines, said it this way: The sum of what I am pleading for, as to the particular head to be vindicated, is, that as the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament were immediately and entirely given out by God Himself, His mind being in them represented unto us without the least interveniency of such mediums and ways as were capable of giving change or alteration to the least iota or syllable; so, by His good and merciful providential dispensation, in His love to His Word and church, His whole Word, as first given out by Him, is preserved unto us entire in the original languages; where, shining in its own beauty and lustre (as also in all translations, so far as they faithfully represent the originals), it manifests and evidences unto the consciences of men, without other foreign help or assistance, its divine original and authority.[10]. If the Scripture is “God-breathed,” it naturally follows that only the original is “God-breathed.” If holy men of God spoke from God as they were borne by the Holy Spirit, then only what they spoke under the Spirit’s bearing is inspired. [7]John Warwick Montgomery, cited in Josh McDowell, Evidence That Demands a Verdict (Here’s Life Publishers, 1972, 1979), 40. The Byzantine text type is by far the majority text type and is to be found in the vast majority of later NT manuscripts. There was a man sent from God, whose name [was] John. And as a complete text, the Majority Text has been in longer and more consistent use among many Christian communities. You will notice these differences in John 7:53-8:11, as well as the entire book of Revelation. King James Version (KJV) The Minority Text. ", Then they said to him, "Who are you, that we may give an answer to those who sent us? [33], Moreover, there is every reason to believe that this same text was preserved “throughout the second and third centuries and down into the fourth century.”[34] If the scholars who have followed Westcott-Hort theory in opting for the Alexandrian Text are correct, then the church, in many cases, has been without the most authentic text of the New Testament for nearly two millennia. Interlinear Textus Receptus Bibles shown verse by verse. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. [34]Hills, The King James Version Defended! This latest edition Francis Turretin was of the same opinion: Although we give to the Scriptures absolute integrity, we do not therefore think that the copyists and printers were inspired…, but only that the providence of God watched over the copying of the sacred books, so that although many errors might have crept in, it has not so happened (or they have so crept into the manuscripts) but that they can be easily corrected by a collation of others (or with the Scriptures themselves). [10]John Owen, The Works of John Owen (The Banner of Truth Trust, 1979), XVI:349-350. [31] Further, it is not the case that the numerous manuscripts of the Byzantine Text have all come from one common parent. As this article has shown, however, this is not true. The English Majority Text Version of the Holy Bible: Esposito, Paul W.: 9781410704313: Amazon.com: Books. incorporated his hard work in the field of producing evidence of just what does constitute a majority reading, and, It is extremely common for King James Only advocates to conflate the “Majority Text” (M-Text) with the “Textus Receptus” (TR), or the tradition of printed Greek texts behind the King James Version. The English Majority Text Version draws from the work of both Dr.’s Hodges and Farstad, and their text, “The Greek [42]Pickering, The Identity of the New Testament Text, 91-92. The church has a responsibility to “test all things; [and] hold fast what is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21); to “test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1). Peace of Christ to you all. (The Christian Research Press, 1956), 121. [40]For a thorough study of this matter see John W. Burgon, The Last Twelve Verses of the Gospel According to S. Mark (Sovereign Grace Book Club, 1959). Under the Old Testament administration, God “committed the oracles of God” to Israel, His chosen nation (Romans 3:2). 5-12, 44. For besides the fact that this is gratuitous, it cannot be held without injury, as if lacking in the necessary things which are required for the full credibility of Scripture itself. We have been told that a few texts upon which the new translations are based are better than the majority of texts upon which the King James and the New King James Versions are based. [41], Therefore, textual criticism over the last century has followed the principles used by Rome (and Enlightenment Rationalism), not those of the Reformers and Puritans. [40], As noted, textual criticism actually began in the sixteenth century. And in Colossians 4:16, the Apostle Paul tells the members of the church at Colosse that after this letter had been read in their hearing, that they should make copies to send on to other churches. Then there are some 85 papyri which contain fragments of the New Testament texts. [33]Hills, The King James Version Defended! Now when Jesus looked at him, He said, "You are Simon the son of Jonah. B. Warfield pointed out, we are not to understand the Westminster divines as teaching that every copy is without error, but that the genuine text has been “kept pure” in the multitude of Hebrew and Greek copies. This view of post-canonical inspiration of translators is not the position espoused by biblical Christianity. has Greek explanatory notes throughout the Bible, to aid the reader in understanding the meanings in some select [35] This erroneous approach to textual criticism is more rationalistic than Biblical. Their approach is to take all the manuscripts we have, and find which Textual Variant has support among the majority of manuscripts, and given that reading priority. [20] If it were true that the earlier codices are to be considered as the most trustworthy, then it would seem that they ought to differ the least among themselves. This is referred to as the Majority Text or Byzantine Text theory. [6]Cited in Wayne Jackson and Bert Thompson, "Questions and Answers," Reason and Revelation (Apologetics Press, September 1989), 33. And they asked him, saying, "Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?". “History is completely silent,” wrote Harry Sturz, “with regard to any revision of the Byzantine [Received] Text.”[22] As a matter of fact, there is evidence to show that the Alexandrian manuscripts were the ones tampered with, and these deliberate changes are the reason that these documents are so dissimilar. Because World English Bible uses the Majority Text as the basis for the New Testament, you may notice the following differences in comparing the WEB to other translations: The order of Matthew 23:13 and 14 is reversed in some translations. But, because these original tongues are not known to all the people of God., who have the right unto, and interest in the Scriptures, and are commanded, in the fear of God, to read and search them, therefore they are to be translated into the vulgar language of every nation unto which they come, that, the Word of God dwelling plentifully in all, they may worship Him in an acceptable manner; and through patience and comfort of the Scriptures, may have hope. [41]Einwechter, English Bible Translations: By What Standard? [21], The Westcott-Hort theory further maintains that some 85-90 percent of Greek manuscripts represented by the Received Text, which unlike the Alexandrian Text, are in substantial agreement, underwent a radical editing process in the fourth century. [43]Hills, The King James Version Defended! And the doctrine of divine preservation of Scripture demands the adoption of the Byzantine Text theory rather than the Alexandrian Text theory. In His service, Paul W Esposito Stauros Ministries. [5]In his Biblical Theology (Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1994), 495-533, John Owen argued that the original writings included, not only the Hebrew consonants, but also the Hebrew vowels (or vowel-points). Then Jesus turned and observed them following, and said to them, "What are you seeking? This in itself does not indicate that God has “by His singular care and providence kept pure in all ages” the New Testament text. Jakob van Bruggen, The Future of the Bible, John W . [31]Clark, Logical Criticisms of Textual Criticism, 13-16. [16]Turretin, Institutes of Elenctic Theology, I:71. Wilbur N. Pickering, The Identity of the New Testament (Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1977), 31-40. [23] As William Einwechter commented: “Due to this nearly total rejection of the value of the Byzantine [Received] Text as a witness to the original autographs, the scholars have established the MCT [Alexandrian Text] on the basis of only 10-15% of the available manuscripts.”[24], Another group of New Testament scholars argues that the readings of the majority of manuscripts are to be preferred to the readings of the few older manuscripts. It is not enough that the translations be accurate; the Greek text underlying the translations must be the correct one. There are two published Greek texts which purport to represent the Majority readings -- Hodges & Farstad 1982 and Pierpont & Robinson 1991. Download the E-Book version of this review. The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold! Contrary to the teachings of Westcott-Hort, wrote Harry Sturz, “distinctively Byzantine readings of every kind have been shown to be early.” They are attested to by early papyri and several of the church fathers. See also Bruce M. Metzger, A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament (United Bible Societies, 1971, 1975), xiii-xxxi. The Majority Text. [39] The advocates of this theory would actually have us believe (although they would not state it this way) that God was either unable or unwilling to prevent the mutilation of the text of Holy Scripture. ""Are you the Prophet? Too, the weight of textual evidence now reveals that the Byzantine Text readings go back at least to the time of Codex Vaticanus and Codex Sinaiticus. Regarding this latter verse, significantly, the “jot” is the smallest Hebrew letter, and the “tittle” is the tiny stroke on certain Hebrew letters. Israel had been guilty of not doing all that God had required (verses 19-21). ", Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said about him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! Their premise is that the doctrine of the preservation of Scripture requires that the early manuscripts cannot point to the original text better than the later manuscripts can, because these early manuscripts are in the minority.Pickering also seems to embrace such a doctrine. "Philip said to him, "Come and see. The idea of "conflating" about twenty English translations, starting with the KJV and including many others, is an interesting concept. And on their missionary journeys, Paul and his companions preached the Word of God in language that their auditors were able to understand (Acts 13-28). [3]Francis Turretin, Institutes of Elenctic Theology, translated by George Musgrave Giger, edited by James T. Dennison, Jr. (P & R Publishing, 1992), I:72-73. Yet, all copies are just that: copies. [36]This insight was given to the present writer by Dr. Charles H. Roberts, pastor of Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, in Ballston Spa, New York. What we have are copies of copies (apographa). There are also a number of translations of the early church, along with some 2,200 church lectionaries (that is Bible study material or readings for the church’s weekly worship services), which are based on portions of the New Testament. The \"Majority Text\" is a statistical construct that does not correspond exactly to any known manuscript. The theory that these documents (the alleged “neutral” text) are to be favored, primarily due to their greater age, was promulgated by B. F. Westcott and F. J. It is also noteworthy that the frequent usage of the Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Hebrew Old Testament) by the New Testament authors speaks highly, not only of the importance of and general accuracy of the transmission of the text, but also of the need for translations into the “vulgar language of every nation unto which they come, that, the Word of God dwelling plentifully in all, they may worship [God] in an acceptable manner; and through patience and comfort of the Scriptures, may have hope.” As the Confession teaches, all persons are enjoined, “in the fear of God, to read and search” the Scriptures, thus requiring that they be able to read and hear the Bible in their native tongues. The new translations use an incorrect Greek text. Deuteronomy 4:12; 12:32; and Proverbs 30:6, as well as Revelation 22:18-19, tell us that one must not add to or delete from the original Word of God. They were left unused, so they lasted longer. A Biblical view of Scripture makes no assertion that no errors have crept into the copies. [44]My thanks to William Einwechter for making this point. [37]Webb, “Not One Jot or One Tittle,” Thou Shalt Keep Them, 48. ", Nathanael said to Him, "From where do You know me? Download the Kindle version of this review. [29]Einwechter, English Bible Translations: By What Standard? [4]Gordon H. Clark, Logical Criticisms of Textual Criticisms (The Trinity Foundation, 1986), 9. Just in the last century there have been numerous new translations, including the American Standard Version, the Revised Standard Version, the New American Standard Version, the New International Version, the English Standard Version, and the New King James Version. Answer: The Majority Text, also known as the Byzantine and Ecclesiastical Text, is a method of determining the original reading of a Scripture by discovering what reading occurs in a majority of the manuscripts. The Scriptures of Jesus’ day were surely copies of the original manuscripts. 34, 62-63, 70. Hodges, "A Defense of the Majority Text", p. 4) Pickering’s analysis of the ‘Byzantine’ text (a.k.a Majority text of the King James Bible) inevitably concludes with the verdict that the huge number of manuscripts comprising the ‘majority’ Greek text demands its ancestry from the true text … These two versions are the King James Version and the New King James Version. [2]Edward J. This doctrine is taught in a number of passages in the Bible: Deuteronomy 31:11-12; Jeremiah 36:6-7; Matthew 28:18-20; John 5:39; Romans 15:14, just to list a few. ". As Pickering wrote, it is unproved at every point.[42]. "They came and saw where He was staying, and they stayed with Him that day. On the day of Pentecost, persons from all over the world heard the Gospel preached in their own language (Acts 2). Other Greek texts besides the Critical Text used for producing English Bibles are the Majority Text and the Textus Receptus. But most of the other Markan manuscripts contain the verses. Are you Elijah? [37] Why? Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. Both Greek and English preserve their original word order but group phrases until all of the word groups align. [8] The doctrine of divine inspiration (2 Timothy 3:16-17), implies the preservation of the infallible, inerrant Word of God. It should not surprise us that God has kept His Word pure throughout the ages, or that the present-day copies which we possess are so accurate. The Reformers and the later Puritans were very much aware of this discipline. The other text types include the Western, the Caesarean, and the most important, the Alexandrian. ', "I did not know Him; but that He should be made manifest to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water.". PhD., and the EMTV has The older text itself could be errant. [46]Hills, The King James Version Defended!,133. According to the Westminster divines, only the original biblical manuscripts (the autographa) were “immediately inspired by God.” These inspired words were “kept pure in all ages.” The Greek and Hebrew copies which we possess today are to be considered “authentical,” and they are the Word of God. One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. True and full canonicity calls for both. According to the Byzantine Text theory, on the other hand, greater age is not nearly so important as number. [39]Metzger, A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament, 122-126. [1]This is the mistake of some of those who hold to the “King James only” view, when they advocate that God inspired the translators of the 1611 King James Version of the Bible. And looking at Jesus as He [was] walking, he said, "Behold the Lamb of God!". Jesus confirmed this in Matthew 4:4, when He affirmed the inspiration of the autographa by stating that Scripture “proceeds from the mouth of God,” and affirmed the authority of the apographa (the written Word) by stating that is the standard by which “man shall…live.”[9]. [13]In Genesis 3:1, Satan added to the Word of God (“Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat from every tree of the Garden’?”; compare 2:16-17), and in 3:4 he subtracted from it (“You will not surely die”; compare 2:17). These things happened in Bethany, beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing. But, as we will see, although we do not possess the original manuscripts (that is the physical documents), it does not follow that we do not have the original words in the copies. The entirety of Your Word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever” (verses 89, 152, 160). ", And He said to him, "Most assuredly I say to you, from now on you shall see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man. There are very few Bibles available today that reflect the Majority Text. But space prohibits the study of this matter in this article. [36], Worse, if the Alexandrian Text theory were true, then we would have to ask ourselves if the New Testament canon will ever be closed, a fact admitted by Westcott and Hort. Now those who had been sent were from the Pharisees. We appreciate your response. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. See Frank Carmical (Secretary of the Majority Text Society), “What is the Difference Between the ‘King James Only’ and Majority Text Position?” (www.majoritytext.org/archive.htm). Scrivener (representing the readings followed in the King James version). (Mill Hall, Pennsylvania: Preston-Speed Publications, 1996), 13-24. To cite E. F. Hills: “If God has preserved the New Testament in such a way that it is impossible to obtain assurance concerning the purity of the text, then there is no infallible New Testament today, and if there is no infallible New Testament today, it may very well be that there never was an infallible New Testament.”[38], One place where this problem is most noticeable is at the end of the Gospel of Mark. al. The Majority Text – What is it? The two disciples heard him speaking, and they followed Jesus. That was the true Light which lightens every man coming into the world. [45]Einwechter, English Bible Translations: By What Standard? Or what reply could be given to a subtle atheist or heretic who should pertinaciously assert that this or that passage less in his favor had been corrupted? more often than not they do not even agree with each other. I do not own this current volume but I own the older version. The Majority Text Manuscripts which the KJV, NKJV and MKJV all came from are the time-tested, trusted manuscripts that were all this world knew, for some 1500 years; The manuscripts used … These passages remind us that this subject is no small matter. [17]Translation theory is extremely important on this question as well. ", Nathanael answered and said to Him, "Rabbi, You are the Son of God! If men use the utmost care diligently to preserve their words (especially if they are of any importance, as for example a testament or contract) in order that it may not be corrupted, how much more, must we suppose, would God take care of His Word which He intended as a testament and seal of His covenant with us, so that it might not be corrupted; especially when He could easily foresee and prevent such corruptions in order to establish the faith of His church?[16]. Welcome to the Byzantine Text-Type and New Testament the later Puritans were very much aware this. 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