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|0 Comments

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 […]

30 06, 2016

The Authenticity of the Septuagint

By | 2016-11-03T19:41:35+00:00 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 honor both among Jews and among Christians, both in the East and in the
West, so that Jews in their synagogues and Christians in their churches used to read in public only from it
or from versions made from it. All other […]

17 06, 2016

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

By | 2016-11-03T19:41:35+00:00 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 that Dr. White responded to my article during his Dividing Line on June 16.  However, his comments were not as helpful as I had hoped.  He has completely missed the point of my post and did not address […]

15 06, 2016

Of the Divine Original – Introduction Part 2

By | 2016-11-19T03:53:20+00:00 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 an infallible Spirit, as their pope with his whole conclave of cardinals, upon the terms here laid down by Morinus.

But, to let these men pass for a season, had this leprosy kept itself within that house which is thoroughly […]

15 06, 2016

Of the Divine Original – Introduction Part 1

By | 2016-11-03T19:41:35+00:00 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;

WITH AN ANSWER TO THAT INQUIRY, HOW WE KNOW THE SCRIPTURES TO BE THE WORD OF GOD.

ALSO, A VINDICATION OF THE PURITY AND INTEGRITY OF THE HEBREW AND GREEK TEXTS OF THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENT; IN SOME CONSIDERATIONS ON THE PROLEGOMENA AND APPENDIX TO THE LATE “BIBLIA POLYGLOTTA.’

WHEREUNTO ARE SUBJOINED SOME EXERCITATIONS ABOUT THE NATURE […]

15 06, 2016

John Owen’s Doctrine of Scripture

By | 2016-06-15T23:59:01+00:00 June 15th, 2016|Categories: Confessional Textual View, 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 only the greatest theologian of the English Puritan movement but also one of the greatest European Reformed theologians of his day, and quite possibly possessed the finest theological mind that England ever produced” (“Owen, John”, in Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals, p. […]

15 06, 2016

On the Divine Original of the Scriptures – Preface

By | 2016-11-03T19:41:35+00:00 June 15th, 2016|Categories: Confessional Textual View, Doctrine of Scripture, John Owen|Tags: |0 Comments

OF THE DIVINE ORIGINAL, AUTHORITY, SELF-EVIDENCING LIGHT, AND POWER OF THE SCRIPTURES;

WITH AN ANSWER TO THAT INQUIRY, HOW WE KNOW THE SCRIPTURES TO BE THE WORD OF GOD.

ALSO, A VINDICATION OF THE PURITY AND INTEGRITY OF THE HEBREW AND GREEK TEXTS OF THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENT; IN SOME CONSIDERATIONS ON THE PROLEGOMENA AND APPENDIX TO THE LATE “BIBLIA POLYGLOTTA.’

WHEREUNTO ARE SUBJOINED SOME EXERCITATIONS ABOUT THE NATURE […]

15 06, 2016

The Need of Translations

By | 2016-11-03T19:41:35+00:00 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. As to the first, although the wiser Roman Catholics recognize the need and value of
translations, and have therefore prepared them in many languages, yet many of them, having lost their
reason, condemn them as evil and dangerous; for example, Arbor says, […]

15 06, 2016

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

By | 2016-11-03T19:41:35+00:00 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 there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” (KJV) Despite being accepted as Scripture by Christians for millenia, Erasmus did not include it because he could not […]

14 06, 2016

Matthew Henry, Cyprian, & the Comma

By | 2016-11-03T19:41:35+00:00 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 evangelical that Cyprian did not quote 1 John 5:7.  This post also has the added benefit of dealing with the claim made online, in response to my previous post A Short Response to James White, that the […]

13 06, 2016

The Authentic Version of Scripture

By | 2016-11-03T19:41:39+00:00 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 prepared by the authors; others are
secondary, versions in other languages into which it has been translated. No one denies that the Hebrew
of the Old Testament and the Greek of the New are original and first written, but there is […]

13 06, 2016

The Purity of the Original Text

By | 2016-11-03T19:41:39+00:00 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 raise doubts concerning the purity of the
sources in order more readily to establish the authority of their Vulgate and lead us to the tribunal of the
church.

II. By “original texts” we do not mean the very autographs from the hands of […]