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Textual Criticism

The history of the Greek text behind modern translations

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About this Class

Dr. Daniel Wallace is one of the world's leading textual critics. His ministry, the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM.org) is currently the most prolific organization for discovering, photographing, and cataloging ancient Greek manuscripts of the New Testament. In this class, he discusses the issues of textual variants, how ancient manuscripts were made, the types of errors that we can see in the manuscripts, the issue of the Textus Receptus and its role in the King James translation of the Bible, the historic work of Westcott and Hort, and ends with discussions of the most famous textual problems.

Dr. Wallace gives a three hour summary of this class in our Academy program. The first of the lectures is here.

Please visit Dr. Wallace's ministry, Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts and support them financially. 

Thank you to our friends at Credo House for sharing this class with us. You can purchase their workbook or the DVDs for the class from them.


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Special thanks to Chico Diaz for the detailed outline of each lecture. 

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    Biblical Languages
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  • Time Required:
    18 hours
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    Dallas Theological Seminary
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Much more important than the total number of textual variants is the nature of the variants.  This lecture discusses how textual critics classify variants as meaningful and/or viable, and the number of variants that fall into each category.


Lecture 16. The time of the lecture for this class is actually 30 minutes. The video that Credo House sent us is over an hour long, but the content ends at 30 minutes. 


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Dr. Daniel Wallace
Professor of New Testament

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