Three Lines Converging That Confirm “It Is Written”

There are three different lines of witness which all converge to testify of a single truth: the New Testament is a settled text.  Therefore, we can confidently say, “It is written.”

1. Believing Scholars

“There is no body of ancient literature in the world which enjoys such a wealth of good textual attestation as the New Testament.”  –  F. F. Bruce in The Books and the Parchments (Revell, 1963, p. 78)  (Similar quotes from other believing scholars)

2. Unbelieving Scholars

“If the primary purpose of this discipline [i.e. textual criticism] is to get back to the original texts [of the New Testament], we may as well admit either defeat or victory, depending on how one chooses to look at it, because we are not going to get much closer to the original texts than we already are.  At this stage, our work on the original amounts to little more than tinkering.  There is something about historical scholarship that refuses to concede that a major task has been accomplished, but there it is.”  –  Bart Ehrman (Bart Ehrman Quotes)

3. Your Own Experience

According to New Testamen textual expert Daniel B. Wallace, the King James Version (KJV, 1611) was translated from half a dozen Greek manuscripts, the earliest of which came about the 12th Century.  Today’s English translations are based on the evidence of a thousand times as many manuscripts (we now have well over 5,000 of them!), the earliest of which comes from the 2nd Century ( a thousand years earlier!).  Nevertheless, who can find any material differences in the New Testament between the KJV and modern English translations?

Conclusion

The New Testament is a stable text.  It’s message is settled.  We can say with confidence, “It is written.”

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