Category Archives: Textual Issues

Craig Evans Says the Evidence for Christ Is as Good or Better Than the Evidence for Anyone Else from Antiquity

Related posts: Double Standards in Reception of Ancient Documents and Their Authors Scholars with an Appreciation of Textual Criticism for Classical as well as Biblical Literature

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William Lane Craig and R. T. France on the Historical and Textual Reliability of the Gospels

At 5:59, William Lane Craig says (this quote can also be found at the book referenced at the bottom of this post, below the video):  “R. T. France, who is a New Testament scholar, writes: ‘At the level of their … Continue reading

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The “Original” Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls – Biblical Archaeology Society

(4 min read; 896 words, footnotes included) The “Original” Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls – Biblical Archaeology Society. (HT: Jim Davila’s PaleoJudaica blog)

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The Reliability of the New Testament: Bart Ehrman and Daniel Wallace in Dialogue

This is a multi-author volume whose genesis lay in one of the three debates held over the last few years between Bart D. Ehrman and Daniel B. Wallace. This book was recommended by Andrew Pitts (who was interviewed at length … Continue reading

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Was the Bible Just A Big Game Of Telephone? by Josh Fults

Excerpts: Most of the works from antiquity are very limited in their number of manuscripts. For example, there is only 7 for Plato and 8 for Herodotus. The number of New Testament manuscripts is quite vast. It is the best … Continue reading

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When It Comes to Ancient Texts, the More Copies We Have, the More Confidence We Have | J. Warner Wallace

Jim Wallace effectively explains why lots of New Testament manuscripts means we can have lots of confidence that we know what the original said. (3 min read; 585 words) When It Comes to Ancient Texts, the More Copies We Have, … Continue reading

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How do we know the NT documents were written in the first century?

The referenced post was written Peter Saunders, CEO of Christian Medical Fellowship, a UK-based organization with 4,500 UK doctors and 1,000 medical students as members. Excerpt: The earliest undisputed manuscript of a New Testament book is the John Rylands papyrus (p52) … Continue reading

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Comparing the Textual Integrity of the Bible to Other Documents of Antiquity | Rich Deem

Is our copy of the Bible a reliable copy of the original?  In a word, yes.  At the very least, we can be more sure of the Bible’s text that we can of the writings of Plato, Thucydides, Tactitus, Suetonius, … Continue reading

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“Is What We Have Now What They Wrote Then?”

Daniel B. Wallace speaks on the textual integrity of the New Testament.  His approximately 45-minute talk is broken up into three parts of approximately 15 minutes each, with a concluding clip of about 3 minutes.  This talk was uploaded to YouTube … Continue reading

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Daniel B. Wallace on the Textual Reliability of the New Testament

Dan Wallace refutes the notion that we can’t know what the original biblical texts say (as suggested by Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code).  The context of his comments is that he’s rebutting the views of Bart D. Erhman.  Wallace’s comments … Continue reading

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