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Versions Part Two

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Stephen Johns

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Transcript of Versions Part Two

Lesson One:
The Importance of the Word

Lesson Two:
God's Word Preserved for Us Today

1 Peter 1:23-25

"23 since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; 24 for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, 25 but the word of the Lord remains forever.”

Understanding Manuscripts
What are they?
From Autographs to Manuscripts
Uncials:
Very formal and written in all capital letters
Cursive Script:
Everyday writing, much more common
Miniscules:
Cursive script using smaller letters. Begins around 800 AD
Lectionaries
Church reading books for the liturgy. The greatest care was taken with these.
Uncials
Lectionaries
Miniscules
There are roughly 5,000 copies of the original autographs. Of those only 50 contain the entire New Testament although most contain at least all of the Gospels.
270
2,600
2,100
Papyri
80
Codex Sinaiticus
What about those 'errors'
Where do they come from?
Honest manuscripting mistakes
Intentional changes
Wrestling with the 'errors'
Greater Evidence of the Bible than any other ancient piece of literature
We do not have the originals (the autographs)
The nature of these 'errors'
Variants
Where is the hope?
Textual Criticism
The job of looking at all of the manuscript evidence and determining what is the best recording of the original language.
From this they then produce a complete Greek New Testament.
Two Primary "Manuscript Families"
Byzantine
- Majority Text
Alexandrian
- Critical Text
- Far more of these
- Far older
- NASB and ESV
- KJV and NKJV
The two agree 95% of the time
God has providentially preserved His Word through the thousands of copies of the original autographs whereby we can have confidence that we have the very words of God.
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