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How Do Other Ancient Texts Compare to the New Testament? #10 Post of 2012

| December 11, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt When considering the trustworthiness of the New Testament (NT) documents, the first question we need to ask is, “Have these documents been accurately transmitted to us since they were originally written?” In order to answer this question about the textual transmission of documents of the ancient world, historians look at the number of […]

What Are the Most Common Myths About Bible Translation? Part 2

| November 2, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt In part 1 of this two-part series, we looked at a few myths about Bible translation, cited from Daniel Wallace’s blog post.  Below we review a few more. According to Wallace, another misconception is that modern translations have removed words and verses from the Bible. Most biblical scholars—both conservative and liberal—would say […]

What Are the Most Common Myths About Bible Translation? Part 1

| October 31, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt New Testament scholar Daniel Wallace recently wrote an informative blog post on what he considers to be the fifteen most common myths about Bible translation.  While I suggest you read his post in its entirety, I have picked out a few of the myths that I think are the most important […]

Who Wrote the Fourth Gospel? Part 2

| June 13, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt In part 1 of this series, we looked at a blog post written by Timothy McGrew where he presents external and internal evidence for the authorship of the fourth Gospel.  Part 1 summarized the external evidence, and part 2 will summarize the internal evidence. McGrew starts off the presentation of the internal […]

Who Wrote the Fourth Gospel? Part 1

| June 11, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt There is much hay made in skeptical circles of the fact that none of the four Gospels were signed by an author, that if we reconstruct the original texts from the copies we have, there are no sentences in the texts that explicitly say something like, “This Gospel was written by John, son of […]

How Brittle Are Your Christian Beliefs?

| April 8, 2010

Post Author: Bill Pratt Agnostic New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman wrote in his book, Misquoting Jesus, that his Christian beliefs began to fall apart when he realized that there was a mistake, an error, in the Gospel of Mark.  Now, I think that the alleged mistake is not a mistake, but let’s assume for a […]

Is Mark 16:9-20 the Original Ending to the Gospel of Mark?

| October 26, 2009

Post Author: Bill Pratt We don’t know.  Scholars divide sharply on this issue, although it seems that the majority of New Testament scholars believe that verses 9-20 were not part of the original Gospel written by Mark. Why?  Because the two oldest manuscripts containing Mark’s Gospel (Sinaiticus and Vaticanus) do not contain these verses, church […]

How Do Textual Critics Choose Among New Testament Manuscript Variants?

| August 12, 2009

Post Author: Bill Pratt Textual critics are the scholars who study the manuscript evidence for the New Testament and determine which readings among the various manuscripts are likely to be the original (see previous post for background).  Although the vast majority of the variants are simple spelling or word order errors made by copyists, there […]

Where Does the English New Testament Come From?

| August 8, 2009

Post Author: Bill Pratt Christians are often confused about this question, so I want to give a quick summary. The 27 books of the New Testament (NT) were originally written in the common Greek language of the first century.  They were all hand-written, likely on papyrus.  These hand-written manuscripts were then copied, by hand, for […]

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