19 09, 2017

The Genuineness of 1 John 5.7 by David Martin 2.4

By | 2017-09-19T18:53:55+00:00 September 19th, 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 extricate themselves but by denying that the passage of St. John was in any of these Manuscripts. The difficulty is considerably augmented by the Manuscripts of Robert Stephens: but here again ’tis the same refuge; they have no other; […]

19 09, 2017

The Genuineness of 1 John 5.7 by David Martin 1.5

By | 2017-09-19T18:10:57+00:00 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 had already been made three hundred years, and in less time many faults must have crept into the Copies, which were continually dispers’d for the use of the Churches and private Persons. ‘Twas then a trade to transcribe […]

19 09, 2017

The Genuineness of 1 John 5.7 by David Martin 1.4

By | 2017-09-19T17:32:43+00:00 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 the Italick Version, that we can know whether such or such a passage was in it j these MSS. have been lost for many ages: Time which consumes every thing, and carelessness in preserving them, not only in the […]

19 09, 2017

The Genuineness of 1 John 5.7 by David Martin 1.3

By | 2017-09-19T15:05:28+00:00 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 those, which are urg’d against it.

IT would be of no service, that these words contain’d the great and sublime notion of the Trinity of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost in one only divine nature, if they did […]

10 09, 2017

John Owen on Providential Preservation

By | 2017-09-10T08:07:05+00:00 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 the originals yet remaining; what varieties there are among the copies themselves shall be afterward declared. In them all, we say, is every letter and tittle of the word. These copies, we say, are the rule, standard, and touchstone of all […]

10 09, 2017

The Genuineness of 1 John 5.7 by David Martin 1.2

By | 2017-09-10T04:32:02+00:00 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 offers it self to be clear’d up, and which may create some difficulty in the minds of those persons, who rather seek for a pretence to doubt of the Text’s being genuine, than to be convinc’d of its […]

10 09, 2017

The Genuineness of 1 John 5.7 by David Martin Part 1

By | 2017-09-18T14:20:39+00:00 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 three, S’c. prov’d to be genuine beyond all Exception, from the ancient Latin Bibles, the Quotations of the Fathers, the Testimony of the Greek Church, and lastly from an old Greek MS. of the New Testament in the Library […]

10 09, 2017

Edward Freer Hills and the Last 12 Verses of Mark

By | 2017-09-10T02:09:02+00:00 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 preliminary study. (61) For over a century this volume has deservedly been held in high esteem by believing Bible students, and its basic arguments all this while have remained irrefutable. In the following paragraphs, therefore, an effort will be made […]

10 09, 2017

Erasmian Myths: The Rush to Print

By | 2017-09-10T09:49:27+00:00 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 decimated by the eminent scholar Dr. M. A. Screech back in 1986 in his introduction to the Annotations of Erasmus.  Below are excerpts from that introduction which is almost impossible to acquire.  Dr. Jeffrey Riddle deals with this myth […]

10 09, 2017

Edward Freer Hills on the Comma Johanneum

By | 2017-09-10T00:19:44+00:00 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 HEAVEN, THE FATHER, THE WORD, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT: AND THESE THREE ARE ONE. 8 AND THERE ARE THREE THAT BEAR WITNESS IN EARTH, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.

The words printed in capital […]

10 09, 2017

Francis Turretin and the Comma Johanneum

By | 2017-09-10T00:20:30+00:00 September 10th, 2017|Categories: Comma Johanneum|0 Comments

Francis Turretin

& the Comma Johanneum

One of the claims going around the internet about Francis Turretin is that he would not have defended 1 John 5:7, commonly called the Comma Johanneum.  Below is a loose Google translation of the Disputatio Theological of Francis Turretin on the CJ made readable by William Sandell.  It is a regrettable oversite that this portion, part of his 4th volume, was not translated.

Of the three witnesses by […]

1 05, 2017

The Revision Revised – Preface

By | 2017-05-01T05:25:05+00:00 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 with an amount of continuous solicitation that they should be separately published, which it would have been alike unreasonable and ungracious to disregard. I was not prepared for it. It has caused me—as letter after letter has reached my hands—mixed […]

1 05, 2017

Being Proud of Your Heresy

By | 2017-05-01T05:04:21+00:00 May 1st, 2017|Categories: Restorationist Textual Criticism|Tags: , , |0 Comments

When it comes to the foundation of Christianity, the Bible, humor seems to be out of place.  But occasionally the enemies of God’s word provide us with a good laugh by telling the truth about their ungodly intentions.

Not only is this page from NA27 confirming that it is produced in agreement with the Vatican and that the Vatican has supervising authority when it comes to changes to […]

1 05, 2017

Well what’s your methodology?

By | 2017-05-01T04:48:26+00:00 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 of these type of comments are usually from people who get their arguments from James White.  In a previous post, Presuppositions of Textual Criticism Examined, I dealt with the presuppositions of textual criticism from a Biblical perspective.  When we accept the […]

24 04, 2017

Presuppositions of Textual Criticism Examined

By | 2017-04-25T15:03:23+00:00 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 and the assumptions one must make to affirm them. The three canons will be provided followed by a short analysis showing their inherent arbitrariness.

The shorter reading is best (Lectio brevior praeferenda).

The shorter reading (unless it lacks entirely the authority […]

12 01, 2017

Textus Receptus – Default Text or Chosen Text?

By | 2017-01-14T18:41:41+00:00 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 that true? Were there no other Greek New Testaments during the Reformation apart from the Textus Receptus? Let’s see.

The Complutensian Polyglot

In 1514 the New Testament of the Complutensian Polyglot was printed beating Erasmus’ GNT by 2 years. Now […]

1 12, 2016

John Gill On the Hebrew Vowel Points pt 4

By | 2016-12-01T09:33:32+00:00 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 the Hebrews always had the same letters, without any material change or alteration, and which have been retained by them, and are in use to this day; I shall endeavor, in this chapter, to make it appear as probable, that […]

1 12, 2016

John Gill On the Hebrew Vowel Points pt 3

By | 2016-12-17T17:56:15+00:00 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, whether the modern letters used by the Jews, and in which their sacred books are now extant, are the same in which the law and the prophets were originally written. This is denied by some, and it has been affirmed, […]

1 12, 2016

Dr. Edward Hills on The Logic of Faith

By | 2016-12-01T09:23:13+00:00 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 may be safely drawn. First, spiritual darkness and apostasy always begin with false notions concerning faith. Second, reformation and revival always require the correction of these errors and always result in an enlarged conception of what […]

1 12, 2016

Textual Criticism != Providential Preservation

By | 2016-12-02T05:30:16+00:00 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 view of Restorationist Textual Criticism.  Actual textual critics like Dr. Bart Ehrman, Dr. D. C. Parker have long abandoned Mr. White’s naive view that textual criticism can “recover and restore” the autographic text.  Mr. White over the past year has […]

1 12, 2016

John Gill On the Hebrew Vowel Points pt 2

By | 2016-12-01T09:28:15+00:00 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 there ever was such an one, either in manuscript, or in print, that could with any propriety be so called. Is a Bible with points to be called Masoretic? it must be with great impropriety, since the Masoretes, […]

1 12, 2016

John Gill On the Hebrew Vowel Points pt 1

By | 2016-12-17T17:49:55+00:00 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 to the world; but was written at leisure-hours for my own amusement, and by way of essay to try how far back the antiquity of the things treated of in it could be carried. And what has prevailed upon me […]

19 11, 2016

Of the Divine Original – Introduction Part 4

By | 2016-11-19T04:32:55+00:00 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 — Its self-evidencing efficacy — All light manifests itself — The Scripture light — Spiritual light evidential — Consectaries from the premises laid down — What the self-evidencing light of the Scripture peculiarly is — Power self-evidencing — The […]

19 11, 2016

Of the Divine Original – Introduction Part 3

By | 2016-11-19T04:29:01+00:00 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 the subject, that he would publish the substance of what he had preached. It broaches the great argument of the experimental evidence in favor of the Christian revelation, which he afterwards developed more fully in his “Reason of Faith” (see […]

16 11, 2016

The Adventures of Captain Deflector Episode 1

By | 2016-12-02T05:26:26+00:00 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…

The denial of the inspiration of the Pericope Adulterae (the woman caught in adultery in John 8) and the last 12 verses of Mark is a capitulation to Post-Enlightenment, humanistic rationalism and fundamentally undermines the authority of Scripture and the Christian […]

3 11, 2016

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

By | 2016-11-03T20:07:14+00:00 November 3rd, 2016|Categories: Confessional Textual View, John Owen|0 Comments

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 tendency to acquiesce in the general verdict against our author for the part he took in the controversy with Walton on the subject of the London Polyglott, without any very careful inquiry into the grounds on which it rests. Dr Owen, […]

3 11, 2016

Idolatry & Atheism

By | 2016-11-03T19:41:34+00:00 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 be both idolatrous and bordering on atheism.  RTC, which originated with the Roman Catholic priest Richard Simon, was recognized by such men as a direct attack on the foundation of Protestantism:  Sola Scriptura.  What strange times […]

6 07, 2016

The Perfection of Scripture

By | 2016-11-03T19:41:34+00:00 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 Scripture, which they know as an adversary, the Roman Catholics not
only reject its authenticity and integrity, but also seek to deny its perfection and perspicuity. So the
question of the perfection of Scripture stands between us and them.

II. On the […]

6 07, 2016

The Authenticity of the Vulgate

By | 2016-11-03T19:41:34+00:00 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. Nor is it to be asked whether it was in past times and over a long period used in the church; this is understood by all. But it must be asked whether it is of authentic truth and to […]