As a layman scholar, there are serious limitations to my knowledge and credentials as I share the fruits of my Bible study here at Faithful Stewardship and with my wife and children. I don’t read Biblical Hebrew or Koine Greek, and I’m not a credentialed historian. I humbly rely on the authority of the Bible for what I present here and to my family. I think that is a great place to be in, as I am less tempted to rely on my own authority, but it also leaves me open to criticisms that are beyond my knowledge and experience.
The subject of Textual Criticism is currently the most fascinating to me. I’ve never really studied it before, nor was I even aware of the rich scholarship and evidence we have of the Biblical texts. When Dan Brown wrote his fiction, I didn’t bat an eye… but I also didn’t know how to refute his wild claims in his book/movie. More recently, we had that abysmal hit-piece printed in Time Magazine by Kurt Eichenwald who merely repackaged old, poor arguments against the Bible, got me interested in this topic.
Today, I’d like to share some resources you can watch (or just listen) on the topic of Textual Criticism. These are scholarly lectures provided by Dr Daniel B. Wallace of The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts.
Fighting for the Faith | Chris Rosebrough
Fighting for the Faith presents Dr. Daniel B Wallace’s lecture entitled, “Did Copyists Make Errors in the New Testament Manuscripts?”
Dr. Daniel B Wallace at Biola University
I wanted to see him speak, so I looked for some YouTube videos and found a similar lecture provided in a 2 part series to the students at Biola University.
We have every reason to trust in the whole of the Scriptures as presented in the best English translations we have today. Are there variants? Yes. Does this weaken our understanding of the Word of God? No. Can we be absolutely certain of a particular translation over another? No. We have excellent translations and an abundance of manuscripts. Avoiding anything amplified or paraphrased, my confidence in our current good translations (ESV, NASB, NET) is strengthened. I hope to learn Koine Greek and Biblical Hebrew in the future. For now, I study as God grants me grace to learn in my personal time.
Ephesians 3:20-21 (ESV) 20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
In Christ Jesus,