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2309, 2018

The Doctrine Relating to Canon – Method of Faith – 3

By |September 23rd, 2018|Categories: The Canon, The Canon 2 Parts by Louis Gaussen|Tags: |0 Comments

CHAPTER IV THE ADVANTAGES OF THE METHOD OF FAITH. 416.  The method of faith, on the contrary, by requiring you to study profoundly the divine facts recorded in the Word in order to find your [...]

1705, 2018

The Doctrine Relating to Canon – Method of Faith – 2

By |May 17th, 2018|Categories: The Canon, The Canon 2 Parts by Louis Gaussen|Tags: |0 Comments

CHAPTER II OBJECTIONS TO THE METHOD OF SCIENCE. 410. This method of science, which can render such valuable service to the cause of God as long as it is not allowed to pass the limits [...]

503, 2018

The Doctrine Relating to Canon – Method of Faith

By |March 5th, 2018|Categories: The Canon, The Canon 2 Parts by Louis Gaussen|Tags: |0 Comments

The Doctrine Relating to Canon THE METHOD OF FAITH by Louis Gaussen 401. We are come to what, after all, forms the surest foundation of our confidence relative to the entire collection of the Scriptures. [...]

502, 2018

Why New Testament Textual Criticism Can Never Arrive at Truth

By |February 5th, 2018|Categories: Restorationist Textual Criticism|0 Comments

RTC as a Thought Experiment https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=W3OatkjM1gU   So let’s pretend we have completed such an experiment. We begin our experiment by printing off a copy of the book of Matthew. This printed copy (autograph) is [...]

2201, 2018

William Whitaker on the Canon – Part 2

By |January 22nd, 2018|Categories: The Canon, William Whitaker|Tags: , , |0 Comments

CHAPTER IV. WHEREIN THE ARGUMENT OF THE ADVERSARIES IS PROPOSED AND CONFUTED. Having now premised a brief explanation of these matters, we will come to the discussion of the cause and question proposed. And first, [...]

2201, 2018

William Whitaker on the Canon – Part 1

By |January 22nd, 2018|Categories: The Canon, William Whitaker|Tags: , , |0 Comments

THE FIRST CONTROVERSY. QUESTION I. CHAPTER I. WHEREIN THIS WHOLE CONTROVERSY IS DISTRIBUTED INTO ITS PARTICULAR QUESTIONS. We will lay the foundation of this controvery in those words of Christ which are to be found [...]

2101, 2018

Kruger, White, & Lovecraft Walk Into a Bar

By |January 21st, 2018|Categories: Longer Ending of Mark, Pericope de Adulterae, The Canon|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Kruger, White, & Lovecraft Walk Into a Bar At the recent G3 conference in Georgia, Dr. Michael Kruger & Mr. James White had a discussion on the Doctrine of the Canon*. The first part of [...]

2101, 2018

Robert Rollock – Whether the Scripture be the Word of God

By |January 21st, 2018|Categories: Confessional Textual View, Doctrine of Scripture|Tags: |0 Comments

THE NUMBER OF THE CONTROVERSIES WHICH ARE CONCERNING THE WRITTEN WORD : AND OF THE FIRST CONTROVERSY, WHETHER THE SCRIPTURE BE THE WORD OF GOD. There be two kinds of controversies concerning the holy Scripture. [...]

1401, 2018

Bullinger’s Sermon on the Word of God

By |January 14th, 2018|Categories: Doctrine of Scripture, Providential Preservation|Tags: |0 Comments

Of The Word Of God; The Cause Of It; And How, And By Whom, It Was Revealed To The World. THE FIRST SERMON. ALL the decrees of Christian faith, with every way how to live [...]

1210, 2017

Providentially Preserved?

By |October 12th, 2017|Categories: Providential Preservation, Reformers|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Within Christendom there are two opposing views concerning the intent of the phrase by His [God's] singular care and providence, [the Scriptures are] kept pure in all ages.  Does it refer to a generic preservation that [...]

1210, 2017

The Genuineness of 1 John 5.7 by David Martin 2.7

By |October 12th, 2017|Categories: Comma Johanneum, Confessional Textual View, David Martin|0 Comments

CHAP. VII. Of the Manuscript of Berlin. 'Tis here no longer that same Mr. Emlyn, who has been silent with regard to the Manuscripts mention'd in the Preface to the Louvain doctors, and that which F. [...]

1110, 2017

The Genuineness of 1 John 5.7 by David Martin 2.6

By |October 11th, 2017|Categories: Comma Johanneum, Confessional Textual View, David Martin|0 Comments

CHAP. VI. A Defence of the Manuscripts of Robert Stephens against certain Manuscripts produced from the Library of the King of France, which are pretended to be the same that Stephens used in his Editions. [...]

510, 2017

The Genuineness of 1 John 5.7 by David Martin 2.5

By |October 5th, 2017|Categories: Comma Johanneum, Confessional Textual View, David Martin|0 Comments

CHAP. V. Of the obelus plac'd in the middle of the 7th Verse, There are three in heaven, &c. of the Manuscripts mention'd by the Divines of Louvain, and of that which F. Amelotte says [...]

510, 2017

The Genuineness of 1 John 5.7 by David Martin 2.4

By |October 5th, 2017|Categories: Comma Johanneum, David Martin|0 Comments

Of Robert Stephen's Manuscripts WE have seen in the foregoing Chapter the extreme perplexity in which Mr. Simon arid Mr. Emlyn are found with reference to the Manuscripts of Complutum and Erasmus; they could not [...]

510, 2017

The Genuineness of 1 John 5.7 by David Martin 2.3

By |October 5th, 2017|Categories: Comma Johanneum, Confessional Textual View, David Martin|0 Comments

CHAP. III. The passage of St. John proved to be genuine from the Greek Manuscripts with some particular considerations upon the Manuscripts of Laurentius Valla, upon that of Complutum, and that of England or the [...]

510, 2017

The Genuineness of 1 John 5.7 by David Martin 2.2

By |October 5th, 2017|Categories: Comma Johanneum, Confessional Textual View, David Martin|0 Comments

CHAP. II. Of the first Greek Editions, in which the Text of the three witnesses in heaven is read, and of those in which this Text is not inserted. Before I come to speak of [...]

510, 2017

The Genuineness of 1 John 5.7 by David Martin 2.1

By |October 5th, 2017|Categories: Comma Johanneum, Confessional Textual View, David Martin|0 Comments

PART the SECOND. In which, the passage of St. John's Epistle, There are three in heaven, &c. is prov'd to be genuine from the Greek Copies, and the use of the Greek Church. CHAP. I. [...]

2909, 2017

Essay on the Right Estimation of MSS Evidence 1.0

By |September 29th, 2017|Categories: Textual Criticism, Thomas Rawson Birks|0 Comments

Essay on the Right Estimation of MSS Evidence Preface & Introduction The present attempt to revise and improve our English Bible is mixed up inseparably with a further question, What is the true original Text [...]

2909, 2017

The Application of Thought to Textual Criticism by A.E. Housman

By |September 29th, 2017|Categories: A. E. Housman, Textual Criticism|0 Comments

Taken from Proceedings of the Classical Association, Vol XVIII, August 1921 In beginning to speak about the application of thought to textual criticism, I do not intend to define the term thought, because I hope that [...]

2909, 2017

The Genuineness of 1 John 5.7 by David Martin 1.10

By |September 29th, 2017|Categories: Comma Johanneum, Confessional Textual View, David Martin|0 Comments

CHAP. X. What judgment must be passed upon the Latin of the Vulgate of St. Jerom, which have not the Text of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. WERE we so happy as [...]

2909, 2017

The Genuineness of 1 John 5.7 by David Martin 1.9

By |September 29th, 2017|Categories: Comma Johanneum, Confessional Textual View, David Martin|0 Comments

CHAP. IX. That the Text of the three witnesses, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost, and these three are one, was always in St. Jerom's Version. MR. Emlyn does not deny but this [...]

2909, 2017

The Genuineness of 1 John 5.7 by David Martin 1.8

By |September 29th, 2017|Categories: Comma Johanneum, Confessional Textual View, David Martin|0 Comments

C H A P. VIII. Of the judgment St. Jerom has made of this Text, in his Prologue to the seven Catholick Epistles 'Tis impossible but that St. Jerom must have seen in the Italick Version [...]

2909, 2017

Treatise of the Holy Scriptures by John Jewel part 2

By |September 29th, 2017|Categories: Doctrine of Scripture, John Jewel|Tags: |0 Comments

The Authority of the Fathers But what say we of the fathers, Augustine, Ambrose, Hierome, Cyprian, &c.?  What shall we think of them, or what account may we make of them? They be interpreters of [...]

2909, 2017

Treatise of the Holy Scriptures by John Jewel part 1

By |September 29th, 2017|Categories: Doctrine of Scripture, John Jewel|Tags: |1 Comment

TREATISE OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES, GATHERED OUT OF CERTAIN SERMONS, WHICH THE REVEREND FATHER IN GOD, BISHOP JEWEL, PREACHED AT SARISBURY, ANNO DOMINI 1570. Among all his creatures in heaven or earth God hath not [...]

2709, 2017

The Genuineness of 1 John 5.7 by David Martin 1.7

By |September 27th, 2017|Categories: Comma Johanneum, Confessional Textual View, David Martin, Preservationist Textual Criticism|0 Comments

C H A P. VII. Other quotations of the Italick Verston in favour of the passage in St. John's Epistle, taken from two ancient Tracts, ascrib'd to St. Fulgentius. ST. Fulgentius, Bishop of Ruspe in [...]

2709, 2017

The Genuineness of 1 John 5.7 by David Martin 1.6

By |September 27th, 2017|Categories: Comma Johanneum, Confessional Textual View, David Martin, Preservationist Textual Criticism|0 Comments

CHAP. VI. Containing some new reflexions upon the Profession of faith, which was presented to Huneric by the African Bishops. IN speaking of Vigilius Bishop of Tapsum, and the frequent quotations he has made of [...]

2609, 2017

The Doctrinal Various Readings of the New Testament Greek

By |September 26th, 2017|Categories: Comma Johanneum, Confessional Textual View, Textual Myths|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Taken from R. L. Dabney's Discussions p.350 THE magnificent work whose name stands last in this list may be said to complete a marked stage in the progress, or at least in the rotation, of [...]

1909, 2017

The Genuineness of 1 John 5.7 by David Martin 1.5

By |September 19th, 2017|Categories: Comma Johanneum, David Martin|0 Comments

Other proofs that the Text of the witnesses in heaven was in the old Italick Version.   TO the age of St. Cyprian immediately succeeded that, in which St. Jerom flourish'd. The first Latin Version [...]

1909, 2017

The Genuineness of 1 John 5.7 by David Martin 1.4

By |September 19th, 2017|Categories: Comma Johanneum, David Martin|0 Comments

That the Text of the three witnesses in heaven was from the first Ages in the Italick Version., prov'd from the quotations of Tertullian and St. Cyprian. IT is not from the MSS. themselves of [...]

1909, 2017

The Genuineness of 1 John 5.7 by David Martin 1.3

By |September 19th, 2017|Categories: Comma Johanneum, David Martin|0 Comments

Of the nature of the proofs on which the genuineness of the Text of the three witnesses in heaven, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, must be established; and of the nullity of [...]

1009, 2017

John Owen on Providential Preservation

By |September 10th, 2017|Categories: John Owen, Preservationist Textual Criticism|Tags: |0 Comments

Below, John Owen provides 12 arguments in support of the Doctrine of Providential Preservation: We add, that the whole Scripture, entire as given out from God, without any loss, is preserved in the copies of [...]

1009, 2017

The Genuineness of 1 John 5.7 by David Martin 1.2

By |September 10th, 2017|Categories: Comma Johanneum, David Martin|0 Comments

CHAP. II. The Text of the three witnesses in heaven clear'd up, for the better understanding the importance and force of it, which were spoke of in the foregoing Chapter. THE first thing, which here [...]

1009, 2017

The Genuineness of 1 John 5.7 by David Martin Part 1

By |September 10th, 2017|Categories: Comma Johanneum, David Martin, Preservationist Textual Criticism|0 Comments

This will be a 24-part series covering David Martin's The Genuineness of the Text of the First Epistle of Saint John V.7 The 7th Verse of the Fifth Chap. of St. John's first Epistle, There are [...]

1009, 2017

Edward Freer Hills and the Last 12 Verses of Mark

By |September 10th, 2017|Categories: Edward Freer Hills, Longer Ending of Mark|0 Comments

5. The Last Twelve Verses Of Mark Burgon's best known work in the field of textual criticism was his treatise on The Last Twelve Verses of Mark, which he published in 1871 after years of [...]

1009, 2017

Erasmian Myths: The Rush to Print

By |September 10th, 2017|Categories: Erasmus Myths|0 Comments

One of the more pernicious myths circulating about Erasmus concerns the quality of his Greek New Testament.  The story goes that it was filled with errors because Erasmus was rushing to print.  This myth was [...]

1009, 2017

Edward Freer Hills on the Comma Johanneum

By |September 10th, 2017|Categories: Comma Johanneum, Edward Freer Hills|1 Comment

Excerpt from his book The King James Version Defended 3. The Johannine Comma (1 John 5:7) In the Textus Receptus 1 John 5:7-8 reads as follows: 7 For there are three that bear witness IN [...]

105, 2017

The Revision Revised – Preface

By |May 1st, 2017|Categories: The Revision Revised|Tags: , |0 Comments

PREFACE. The ensuing three Articles from the “Quarterly Review,”—(wrung out of me by the publication [May 17th, 1881] of the “Revision” of our “Authorized Version of the New Testament,”)—appear in their present form in compliance [...]

105, 2017

Well what’s your methodology?

By |May 1st, 2017|Categories: Preservationist Textual Criticism, Textual Criticism|0 Comments

A common question that arises from those who support the unbiblical practice of textual criticism is, "Well what methodology do you use?"  or, "Your methodology can't produce a text!" and other such nonsensical statements.  Most [...]

2404, 2017

Presuppositions of Textual Criticism Examined

By |April 24th, 2017|Categories: Confessional Textual View, Textual Criticism|1 Comment

It’s been some time since I’ve posted due to work and building up the Miskatonic University site. But now that I have time, I’m going to focus on three of the canons of textual criticism [...]

1201, 2017

Textus Receptus – Default Text or Chosen Text?

By |January 12th, 2017|Categories: Tall Tales of Textual Criticism, Textual Myths|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

One of the oft made claims of a popular apologist in evangelical circles is that the Reformers did not choose the Textus Receptus, but that they used it because they had no other options. Is [...]

112, 2016

John Gill On the Hebrew Vowel Points pt 4

By |December 1st, 2016|Categories: Confessional Textual View, John Gill|Tags: |0 Comments

On the Hebrew Letters, Vowel Points, & Accents by John Gill, D.D. Chapter 3. Concerning the Original of the Samaritans, their Language and Letters HAVING, in the preceding Chapter, shown that it is probable that [...]

112, 2016

John Gill On the Hebrew Vowel Points pt 3

By |December 1st, 2016|Categories: Confessional Textual View, John Gill|Tags: |0 Comments

On the Hebrew Letters, Vowel Points, & Accents by John Gill, D.D. Chapter 2. Concerning the Antiquity of the Hebrew Letters IT has been a controversy among learned men, for a century or two past, [...]

112, 2016

Dr. Edward Hills on The Logic of Faith

By |December 1st, 2016|Categories: Confessional Textual View, Edward Freer Hills|Tags: |0 Comments

Dr. Edward Hills on The Logic of Faith 1. The Logic of Faith - How It Leads Us To The True Bible Text From the study of the Bible and of Church history two conclusions [...]

112, 2016

Textual Criticism != Providential Preservation

By |December 1st, 2016|Categories: Confessional Textual View, Preservationist Textual Criticism|Tags: |1 Comment

Textual Criticism does not equal Providential Preservation. In his latest Dividing Line, Mr. White calls the non-CT views among other things "dangerous, counter-productive, non-confessional, ahistorical and indefensible."  Now Mr. White holds to the mid-20th century [...]

112, 2016

John Gill On the Hebrew Vowel Points pt 2

By |December 1st, 2016|Categories: Confessional Textual View, Hebrew Language, John Gill|Tags: |0 Comments

On the Hebrew Letters, Vowel Points, & Accents by John Gill, D.D. I OBSERVE there is much talk about the Masoretic Bible, and about Masoretic authority. As to the Masoretic Bible, I could never learn [...]

112, 2016

John Gill On the Hebrew Vowel Points pt 1

By |December 1st, 2016|Categories: Confessional Textual View, Hebrew Language, John Gill|Tags: |0 Comments

On the Hebrew Letters, Vowel Points, & Accents by John Gill, D.D.   The Preface. THE following Dissertation has long lain by me; nor was it written at first with any design to publish it [...]

1911, 2016

Of the Divine Original – Introduction Part 4

By |November 19th, 2016|Categories: Confessional Textual View, Doctrine of Scripture, John Owen, Preservationist Textual Criticism|0 Comments

WITH AN ANSWER TO THAT INQUIRY, HOW WE KNOW THE SCRIPTURES TO BE THE WORD OF GOD. Continued from Part 3 CHAPTER 4. Innate arguments in the Scripture of its divine original and authority — [...]

1911, 2016

Of the Divine Original – Introduction Part 3

By |November 19th, 2016|Categories: Confessional Textual View, Doctrine of Scripture, John Owen, Preservationist Textual Criticism|0 Comments

WITH AN ANSWER TO THAT INQUIRY, HOW WE KNOW THE SCRIPTURES TO BE THE WORD OF GOD. PREFATORY NOTE. THIS interesting treatise originated in the request of several persons, who had heard Owen preaching on [...]

1611, 2016

The Adventures of Captain Deflector Episode 1

By |November 16th, 2016|Categories: James White|Tags: |0 Comments

James White's Red Herrings Pastor Robert Truelove posted the following OP on Facebook in various groups on Nov 13: Regarding having a meaningful apologetic for the Christian faith and the text of the New Testament... [...]

311, 2016

Of the Integrity and Purity of the Hebrew & Greek Texts of Scripture

By |November 3rd, 2016|Categories: Confessional Textual View, John Owen|1 Comment

With Consideration on the Prolegomena and Appendix to the Late Biblia Polyglotta. Prefatory Note Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Prefatory Note: There is a [...]

311, 2016

Idolatry & Atheism

By |November 3rd, 2016|Categories: Confessional Textual View, Dan Wallace, Doctrine of Scripture|0 Comments

The Idolatry & Atheism of Restoration Textual Criticism The current low view of Scripture held by those who contend for Restorationist Textual Criticism, was at one time considered by men such as John Owen to [...]

607, 2016

The Perfection of Scripture

By |July 6th, 2016|Categories: Doctrine of Scripture, Francis Turretin, Turretin's 21 Questions|0 Comments

QUESTION 16: Does Scripture contain whatever is necessary for their salvation to the extent that after it was given there was no need for unwritten traditions? Affirmative. I. In order to avoid the tribunal of [...]

607, 2016

The Authenticity of the Vulgate

By |July 6th, 2016|Categories: Doctrine of Scripture, Francis Turretin, Turretin's 21 Questions|0 Comments

Question 15: Is the Vulgate version authentic? Negative, against the Roman Catholics I. It is not to be asked whether the Vulgate has value, and frequently presents the truth very effectively.  No one denies this. [...]

3006, 2016

The Authenticity of the Septuagint

By |June 30th, 2016|Categories: Doctrine of Scripture, Francis Turretin, Turretin's 21 Questions|0 Comments

QUESTION 14: Is the Septuagint version of the Old Testament authoritative? Negative. I. Among the Greek versions of the Old Testament, that of the seventy-two translators rightly holds first place among us. It held this [...]

1706, 2016

Follow Up: Codex Montfortianus, Erasmus, and 1 John 5:7

By |June 17th, 2016|Categories: Comma Johanneum, Confessional Textual View, Erasmus, Erasmus Myths, Greek Language, Post Slider on Main Page|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

In a previous article I addressed the issue of Codex Montfortianus and Erasmus and showed that the so called "British" Codex that Erasmus used could not be Codex Montfortianus.  I was pleased to find out [...]

1506, 2016

Of the Divine Original – Introduction Part 2

By |June 15th, 2016|Categories: Confessional Textual View, Doctrine of Scripture, John Owen, Preservationist Textual Criticism|0 Comments

OF THE DIVINE ORIGINAL, AUTHORITY, SELF-EVIDENCING LIGHT, AND POWER OF THE SCRIPTURES; For my own part, I must confess that I shall as soon believe a poor, deluded, fanatical Quaker, pretending to be guided by [...]

1506, 2016

John Owen’s Doctrine of Scripture

By |June 15th, 2016|Categories: Doctrine of Scripture, Index Posts, John Owen, Preservationist Textual Criticism|0 Comments

As part of the series of Index Posts on Reformed Bibliology, we have the John Owen series.  Who was John Owen? John Owen (1616 - 1683) was an English theologian and "was without doubt not [...]

1506, 2016

The Need of Translations

By |June 15th, 2016|Categories: Doctrine of Scripture, Francis Turretin, Turretin's 21 Questions|Tags: |0 Comments

QUESTION 13: Are translations necessary, and what is their authority and use in the church? I. There are two parts of this question: the first concerning the need for translations, and the second their authority. [...]

1506, 2016

NT Manuscripts Made to Order (Erasmus and I Jn5.7)

By |June 15th, 2016|Categories: Comma Johanneum, Erasmus, Erasmus Myths, Greek Language, history, Home Page Slider, Post Slider on Main Page, Textual Criticism|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

It is commonly known that Erasmus did not include a large section of 1 John 5:7 in the 1st and 2nd Editions of his Greek New Testament.  This is the so called Comma Johanneum,  "For [...]

1406, 2016

Matthew Henry, Cyprian, & the Comma

By |June 14th, 2016|Categories: Comma Johanneum, Confessional Textual View, Home Page Slider, James White, Preservationist Textual Criticism|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Matthew Henry on the Comma Johanneum, Cyprian, Thomas Aquinas, and the Complutensian Polyglot This post originated from a meme and a post in the Confessional Bibliology Facebook group and from the claim of a popular [...]

1306, 2016

The Authentic Version of Scripture

By |June 13th, 2016|Categories: Doctrine of Scripture, Francis Turretin, Turretin's 21 Questions|Tags: , , |0 Comments

QUESTION 11: Are the Hebrew version of the Old Testament and the Greek of the New the only authentic ones? Affirmative, against the Roman Catholics. I. Some versions of Scripture are original and primary, originally [...]

1306, 2016

The Purity of the Original Text

By |June 13th, 2016|Categories: Doctrine of Scripture, Francis Turretin, Turretin's 21 Questions|Tags: |0 Comments

QUESTION 10: Has the original text of the Old and New Testaments come to us pure and uncorrupted? Affirmative, against the Roman Catholics. I. This question is forced upon us by the Roman Catholics, who [...]

1306, 2016

The Canonicity of the Apocrypha

By |June 13th, 2016|Categories: Doctrine of Scripture, Francis Turretin, Turretin's 21 Questions|Tags: |0 Comments

QUESTION 9: Are Tobit, Judith, Wisdom, Ecclesiasticus, the first two books of Maccabees, Baruch, and the additions to Esther and Daniel properly included in the list of canonical books?  Negative, against the Roman Catholics. I. [...]

1306, 2016

The Canonicity of the Old Testament

By |June 13th, 2016|Categories: Doctrine of Scripture, Francis Turretin, Turretin's 21 Questions|Tags: |0 Comments

QUESTION 8: Are the books of the Old Testament still part of the canon of faith, and the rule of conduct in the church of the New Testament? Affirmative, against the Anabaptists. I. This question [...]

1306, 2016

A Short Response to James White

By |June 13th, 2016|Categories: Confessional Textual View, Home Page Slider, James White, Post Slider on Main Page, Preservationist Textual Criticism, Textual Criticism|Tags: , , , , , , |3 Comments

Faulty Facts and Assumptions On Thursday, June 9th, James White posted in the Reformed Pub about the Comma Johanneum.  Like most of Mr. White's previous interactions with those of us that hold to the Confessional [...]

1206, 2016

The Authenticity of the Hebrew Text

By |June 12th, 2016|Categories: Doctrine of Scripture, Francis Turretin, Turretin's 21 Questions|Tags: , |0 Comments

QUESTION 12: Is the present Hebrew text authentic and inspired both as to content and as to words, so that all versions are to be tested by its norm, and corrected if they differ? Or [...]

1006, 2016

The Preservation of the Canon

By |June 10th, 2016|Categories: Doctrine of Scripture, Francis Turretin, Turretin's 21 Questions|Tags: |0 Comments

QUESTIQN 7 Will any canonical book ever have disappeared? Negative. I. In order more readily to discuss the various questions that are raised concerning the canon, a distinction must first be established. This word is [...]

1006, 2016

The Knowledge of Scriptural Authority

By |June 10th, 2016|Categories: Doctrine of Scripture, Francis Turretin, Turretin's 21 Questions|Tags: |0 Comments

Question 6: How does the authority of the Holy (divinus) Scripture become known to us? Doesit, either in itself or on our part, depend upon the witness of the Church? Negative, against the Roman Catholics. [...]

806, 2016

Apparent Contradictions in Scripture

By |June 8th, 2016|Categories: Doctrine of Scripture, Francis Turretin, Turretin's 21 Questions|Tags: , |0 Comments

QUESTION 5: Are there in Scripture true contradictions, or any irreconcilable passages, which cannot be resolved or harmonized in any way? Negative. I. When the divine quality of Scripture, which was argued in the preceding [...]

806, 2016

Erasmian Myths: Revelation Back Translated from the Vulgate?

By |June 8th, 2016|Categories: Erasmus, Erasmus Myths|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

One of the more notorious myths about Erasmus is that he backtranslated the last 6 verses of the book of Revelation.  There are many articles on the internet purporting to prove conclusively that Erasmus did [...]

706, 2016

The Authority of Scripture

By |June 7th, 2016|Categories: Doctrine of Scripture, Francis Turretin, Turretin's 21 Questions|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

QUESTION 4: Are the Holy Scriptures genuine and divine? Affirmative. I. The question of the authority (authoritas) of Scripture depends upon its origin, which has just been discussed. Since it is from God, it cannot [...]

706, 2016

The Divine Imperative of Written Revelation

By |June 7th, 2016|Categories: Doctrine of Scripture, Francis Turretin, Turretin's 21 Questions|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

QUESTION 3: Was the Holy Scripture written because of the circumstances of the time (occasionaliter), and without divine command? Negative, against the Roman Catholics. I. This question is debated between us and the Roman Catholics, [...]

706, 2016

The Necessity of Scripture

By |June 7th, 2016|Categories: Doctrine of Scripture, Francis Turretin, Turretin's 21 Questions|Tags: , , |0 Comments

QUESTION 2: Was it necessary for the word to be committed to writing? Affirmative. I. Since in the preceding question we have proved the necessity of the word, in this one the necessity of Scripture, [...]

706, 2016

Francis Turretin’s Doctrine of Scripture

By |June 7th, 2016|Categories: Doctrine of Scripture, Francis Turretin, Home Page Slider, Index Posts, Turretin's 21 Questions|0 Comments

Doctrine of Scripture This begins a series of 21 blog posts taken from the PDF 21 Questions of the Doctrine of Scripture by Francis Turretin.  Other series will include the works of John Owen, John [...]

706, 2016

The Necessity of Verbal Revelation

By |June 7th, 2016|Categories: Doctrine of Scripture, Francis Turretin, Turretin's 21 Questions|Tags: , |0 Comments

QUESTION 1: Was revelation by the word necessary? Affirmative. I. Since the word of God is the unique foundation (principium) of theology, its necessity is properly investigated at the very beginning: was it necessary for [...]

606, 2016

Five Considerations About Arguments Based on Stylistic Differences

By |June 6th, 2016|Categories: Pericope de Adulterae, Post Slider on Main Page, Textual Criticism|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

How should we think about arguments against the traditional human authorship of a certain passage or book of Scripture based on style and word choice, such as this one by Bart Ehrman: "its writing style [...]

2005, 2016

Four Reasons to Reject the Floating Tradition Argument Against the Pericope Adulterae

By |May 20th, 2016|Categories: Home Page Slider, Pericope de Adulterae, Post Slider on Main Page, Textual Criticism|Tags: , |2 Comments

The "floating tradition" argument against the authenticity of the Pericope Adulterae (PA), John 7:53-8:11, is summarized well by Bruce Metzger in 1964, "The pericope is obviously a piece of floating tradition which circulated in certain [...]

1605, 2016

Erasmian Myths: Codex Vaticanus

By |May 16th, 2016|Categories: Erasmus, Erasmus Myths, history|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

Erasmus & Codex Vaticanus [Part 1:  Erasmus & the Comma Johanneum] In part 2 of our series, The Erasmian Myths, we will deal with the oft repeated, but never proven claim, that Erasmus didn’t have [...]

1605, 2016

The Apostles and Prophets: Secretaries of the Holy Ghost

By |May 16th, 2016|Categories: Confessional Textual View, Home Page Slider, Inspiration, Organic Inspiration, Post Slider on Main Page, Reformed Inspiration|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

"The Scripture is the Word of God written in a language fit for the Church by men immediately called to be the Clerkes, or Secretaries of the Holy Ghost, 2 Peter 1:21: 'For prophecie came [...]

1904, 2016

Making Mountains Out of Molehills – Part 4

By |April 19th, 2016|Categories: James White, Textual Criticism|Tags: |0 Comments

Making Mountains Out of Molehills Part 4 This is part 4 of the Apologia radio episode featuring James White.  You can read the other parts here:  [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3].  Again my comments [...]

1504, 2016

Making Mountains Out of Molehills – Part 3

By |April 15th, 2016|Categories: Critical Text Onlyism, James White, Textual Criticism|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Making Mountains Out of Molehills Part 3 This is part 3 in this series.  Here are Part 1, Part 2, & Part 4.  Again, my responses are in Italics. 43:28 “What I did, is I responded [...]

1504, 2016

Making Mountains Out of Molehills – Part 2

By |April 15th, 2016|Categories: Critical Text Onlyism, James White, Pericope de Adulterae, Textual Criticism|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Making Mountains Out of Molehills Part 2 [Part 1][Part 3][Part 4] This is the 2nd part in the series covering Mr. White's Apologia episode. 31:00 People are afraid, they just want black and white 31:20 [...]

1404, 2016

Making Mountains Out of Molehills – Part 1

By |April 14th, 2016|Categories: James White, Textual Criticism|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Making Mountains Out of Molehills Part 1 [Part 2] [Part 3][Part 4] This series will cover the timeline of Mr. White's Apologia episode and provide some refutations to the more notorious claims made by Mr. [...]

104, 2016

Defense of the Pericope by Dr. Edward Freer Hills

By |April 1st, 2016|Categories: Pericope de Adulterae|0 Comments

Defense of the Pericope by Dr. Edward Freer Hills The Woman Taken In Adultery (John 7:53-8:11) The story of the woman taken in adultery (called the pericope de adultera) has been rather harshly treated by [...]

2903, 2016

Response to James White on Augustine and the Pericope Adulterae

By |March 29th, 2016|Categories: Critical Text Onlyism, history, Pericope de Adulterae, Textual Criticism|Tags: , , , |7 Comments

This post is in response to a few claims made in the video, Dr. White Answers Critics on Apologia TV, which James White recorded after our argument in the Reformed Pub Facebook group about the [...]

2903, 2016

William Whitaker on Augustine’s View of the Apocrypha

By |March 29th, 2016|Categories: history|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

We allow that the council of Carthage, and Gelasius with his seventy bishops, and Innocent, and Augustine, and Isidore call these books canonical. But the question is, in what sense they called them canonical. Now, [...]

2803, 2016

Welcome to the Revolution

By |March 28th, 2016|Categories: Confessional Textual View, Intro to Textual Criticism Series, Preservationist Textual Criticism, Textual Criticism, Welcome|Tags: |1 Comment

A Welcome to Everyone Who is New There are many of you who are new to this issue or having heard someone expound the Confessional view somewhere online and you realized that it has nothing [...]

403, 2016

Are you Confessional, Atheistic, or Evangelical on the Doctrine of Scripture

By |March 4th, 2016|Categories: Textual Criticism|1 Comment

Three Types of Consistency and Textual Criticism How we approach the work of textual criticism, must like all other doctrines, be derived from Scripture alone.  This is evident from Chapter 1 of the WCF/2LBCF Confessions [...]

203, 2016

Erasmian Myths: The Comma Wager

By |March 2nd, 2016|Categories: Comma Johanneum, Erasmus, Erasmus Myths, history, James White, Textual Criticism|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Erasmian Myths This year marks the 500th anniversary of the publication of Erasmus Greek New Testament and his Latin translation.  And next week at Houston Baptist University there will be a conference on Erasmus and [...]

203, 2016

Historical Resources on Textual Criticism, Bible Versions, etc.

By |March 2nd, 2016|Categories: Textual Criticism|0 Comments

The information in this post comes from the following Facebook note of Sean McDonald.  They will be added to The Library over the next 2 weeks along with many other books. May 27, 2013 at [...]

2712, 2015

Learning Latin, Greek, & Hebrew

By |December 27th, 2015|Categories: Classical Languages, Latin-Greek-Hebrew|0 Comments

I've posted these a few times in the Confessional Bibliology Facebook group.  But from time to time people ask for them again.  The last time I posted them I added hashtags, but I think a [...]

2712, 2015

Where to begin in the textual debate?

By |December 27th, 2015|Categories: Intro to Textual Criticism Series, Textual Criticism|Tags: |1 Comment

All Roads Lead To? When it comes to learning about textual criticism the shear amount of reading necessary to understand just the basics seems monumental.  Who do you read?  Who do you ignore?  Why [...]

1112, 2015

Upcoming posts

By |December 11th, 2015|Categories: Welcome|1 Comment

It's been a while since I posted due to life, updating the site theme, adding more resources, finding more resources and so on.  That is changing.  At most, there may be one or two new [...]

1112, 2015

Critical Text Onlyism: A New Doctrine

By |December 11th, 2015|Categories: Critical Text Onlyism|1 Comment

Can We Trust the Reformers? He never saw it coming.  He had just started attending a strict confessional church and was completely unprepared for the onslaught when he posted the Confessional view of Scripture [...]

1112, 2015

Dan Wallace & Why a Little Research Goes a Long Way

By |December 11th, 2015|Categories: Dan Wallace|0 Comments

In a Facebook group, a friend on FB tagged me on a discussion about the following article:  Is "Lucifer" the Devil in Is 14:12.  I've reproduced a couple of quotes below.  But before I begin, [...]

1112, 2015

Welcome to Confessional Bibliology

By |December 11th, 2015|Categories: Welcome|0 Comments

Welcome to the site for Confessional Bibliology. The purpose of this site is to provide resources, discussions, and analysis on the Confessional view of Scripture as found in the Reformed Confessions.  Here is a break [...]