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Responding to Bart Ehrman

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Lesson

In Part 3, Dr. Daniel Wallace responds to three basic challenges by Bart Ehrman: the "black hole"; the quality of the copies; the effect of Constantine on the manuscripts.​

Outline

1. Ehrman on the “black hole”

“Not only do we not have the originals, we don’t have the first copies of the original, we don’t even have copies of the copies, or copies of the copies of the copies of the originals.” How do you respond?

2. Ehrman on quality of copies

Ehrman says the manuscripts before Constantine were done by careless, unprofessional copyists as seen in their handwriting. Is this true?

3. What is that manuscript on your desk?

It is a fascimilie of Vaticanus and Wallace gives the history of this important codex.

4. Constantine

Did Constantine have any effect on the Greek text?