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Transmission of the Text

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Lesson

It does no good to talk about inspiration and canonization if the church altered the contents of the Bible through the centuries. And why are there differences among the Greek manuscripts? This is the topic of textual criticism. The current situation is that we are confident of 99% of the New Testament text, and the 1% we are unsure of contains no significant theological doctrine.

Outline

A. Transmission of the texts

B. Textual criticism

1. More likely that information was added rather than omitted

2. How old is the manuscript

C. Current situation

1. We have a little over 5000 Greek manuscript of the New Testament, none of the autographs

2. 99% of the text is sure

3. That final 1% where we’re just not absolutely sure, contains no important biblical teaching

D. Textual problems and inspiration

E. Questions