This Blog Will Sunset June 30, 2018

If this is news to you, see the post Simplifying.  Although this blog will remain accessible until mid-2018, I will not be doing any more posting to it.  All my writing is now focused on books, which you can learn about here.

Notes on Early New Testament Manuscripts

Related posts:

From Encountering the Manuscripts: An Introduction to New Testament Paleography & New Testament by Philip W. Comfort (see Annotated Bibliography on New Testament Text and Canon).

Given a twenty-five year lifespan for a church codex, whether of Paul’s epistles or of the four Gospels, it could be guessed that there would be about two hundred copies by the beginning of the second century. There would be an additional 250–300 church copies by the end of second century.  [Kindle location 1376]

J. Duplacy estimated that the total number of manuscripts of the Greek New Testament produced in the fourth century was between fifteen hundred and two thousand.  This allows for about four or five copies produced by each church (or diocese) during this century.  There were about four hundred dioceses towards AD 400.  [Kindle location 1525]

Notes on Early Christian Churches

Related posts:

From Encountering the Manuscripts: An Introduction to New Testament Paleography & New Testament by Philip W. Comfort (see Annotated Bibliography on New Testament Text and Canon).

By the end of the second century, there was a church in almost every major city [in the Greco-Roman world].  [Kindle location 1353]

There were, of course, other churches in villages and the countryside. But these city churches totaled forty-three in the first century and another fifty-four in the second. Roughly, one hundred local churches were in existence by the year 200.  [Kindle location 1369]

From Destroyer of the Gods: Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World by Larry W. Hurtado, Baylor University Press, 2016, page 3.  In his footnote, Hurtado cites as his source Keith Hopkins in “Christian Number and Its Implications (Journal of Early Christian Studies, 1998) for this information.  He also cites two additional sources for this kind of information.

One recent estimate of the number of sites where there were bodies or “communities” of Christians posits a hundred or so (many of these comprising several house-based groups) by 100 AD and two hundred to four hundred sites by 200 AD.

The Historicity of Jesus’ Resurrection | William Lane Craig

This video last 34:05 and is William Lane Craig’s standard presentation on the historicity of the resurrection.  He gave the talk in April 2016 at Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria, Illinois.  Craig was originally from Peoria.

Where There Is Faith – 4Him

The lyrics are not included in the video, but the words are enunciated very clearly by the singers and quite distinct above the music.

The quartet 4Him was an outgrowth of the group Truth, directed by Roger Breland.

A Man You Would Write About – 4Him

The lyrics are included in the video.

From the 4Him album “Face the Nation” (1991).  4Him was a quartet formed from individuals who had performed together as part of the much larger group Truth, which was directed by Roger Breland.

New Evidence on When Bible Was Written: Ancient Shopping Lists 

Excerpt:

…a new analysis of the handwriting suggests that literacy may have been far more widespread than previously known in the Holy Land around 600 B.C., toward the end of the First Temple period. The findings, according to the researchers from Tel Aviv University, could have some bearing on a century-old debate about when the main body of biblical texts was composed.

(a 5-minute read; 1,142 words)

Source: New Evidence on When Bible Was Written: Ancient Shopping Lists – The New York Times (April 11, 2016)

An Illustrated Introduction to Leviticus

This video clip (length: 8:16) gives an overview of the third book of Moses:  Leviticus.

Source:  The Bible Project

Posts on the Means of Determining Authorship of Ancient Texts

The following posts give information on how the authorship of New Testament texts was originally determined…and that it is the same method by which authorship is determined for all ancient texts.

Notes on Tregelles re: Authorship of the New Testament Books

Notes on Augustine re: Authorship of the New Testament Books (Contra Faustum 33:6)

Notes on Archibald Alexander re: Authorship of the New Testament Books