Are You a KJVO?

By | 2017-10-30T16:34:42+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|Categories: Confessional Textual View|Tags: , , , |

From time to time as one who holds to the Confessional (Biblical) Textual View you will be asked, Are You a KJVO?  The very asking of this question when we are arguing not about a translation, but about which Greek & Hebrew texts the Scripture itself identifies as authentic shows a problem in the way the subject is approached.  The first thing that should be done is to properly define the term.

What is […]

The Genuineness of 1 John 5.7 by David Martin 2.7

By | 2017-10-12T00:24:51+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Categories: Comma Johanneum, Confessional Textual View, David Martin|

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. Amelette affirm’d he saw at Rome; ’tis quite another thing when we come to the Manuscript of Berlin. Mr. Emlyn has here outdone himself; he is in ecstasies and triumph. Yet it costs him somewhat dear; an acknowledgment […]

The Genuineness of 1 John 5.7 by David Martin 2.6

By | 2017-10-11T23:31:08+00:00 October 11th, 2017|Categories: Comma Johanneum, Confessional Textual View, David Martin|

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.

THE proof which all those who have wrote before me upon this subject have drawn from the Editions of Robert Stephens, and which I have us’d after ’em, for the authentickness of the Text […]

The Genuineness of 1 John 5.7 by David Martin 2.5

By | 2017-10-06T04:39:13+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Categories: Comma Johanneum, Confessional Textual View, David Martin|

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 he saw at Rome.

WE have seen that among the Manuscripts of Robert Stephens there were found seven, in which the passage of St. John was not entire, for they wanted these words εν τω ουρανω i.e. in […]

The Genuineness of 1 John 5.7 by David Martin 2.3

By | 2017-10-05T18:32:18+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Categories: Comma Johanneum, Confessional Textual View, David Martin|

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 Codex Britannicus.

IT would be very surprizing that two of the three parts of the Christian World, namely, Europe and Africk, should have constantly had in St. John’s Epistle the Text which speaks of the Father, the Son, […]

The Genuineness of 1 John 5.7 by David Martin 2.2

By | 2017-10-05T17:43:42+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Categories: Comma Johanneum, Confessional Textual View, David Martin|

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 the Greek Manuscripts which serve to defend the truth of the passage of St. John, I think it will not be amiss to make some observations upon the first Greek Editions of the New Testament with relation to […]

The Genuineness of 1 John 5.7 by David Martin 2.1

By | 2017-10-05T17:33:43+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Categories: Comma Johanneum, Confessional Textual View, David Martin|

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.

That the two ancient Latin Versions, the Italick and the Vulgate of St. Jerom, are a proof that the disputed passage was in the Greek Copies.

THE Italick Version being the most ancient […]

The Genuineness of 1 John 5.7 by David Martin 1.10

By | 2017-09-29T05:11:23+00:00 September 29th, 2017|Categories: Comma Johanneum, Confessional Textual View, David Martin|

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 to have the Manuscripts of the Bible which had pass’d under St. Jerom’s eyes, or only the Manuscripts which had been made very near the time that ancient Clergyman was upon his revise, we might clear up very […]

The Genuineness of 1 John 5.7 by David Martin 1.9

By | 2017-09-29T05:11:54+00:00 September 29th, 2017|Categories: Comma Johanneum, Confessional Textual View, David Martin|

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 Text has been in the Manuscripts of the Latin Bibles since the time of Charles the Great, who liv’d at the close of the eighth Century; the testimonies I have produc’d have not left him the least room […]

The Genuineness of 1 John 5.7 by David Martin 1.8

By | 2017-09-29T05:12:20+00:00 September 29th, 2017|Categories: Comma Johanneum, Confessional Textual View, David Martin|

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 a Text which Tertullian and St. Cyprian had read there before him, and which all the world had seen there as well as they, and which the great numbers of Bishops who liv’d in the fame age with […]

The Genuineness of 1 John 5.7 by David Martin 1.7

By | 2017-09-29T05:10:59+00:00 September 27th, 2017|Categories: Comma Johanneum, Confessional Textual View, David Martin, Preservationist Textual Criticism|

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 Africk, liv’d in those sorrowful times, when Arianism was upon the throne, and true Christianity very much persecuted. I have set down in my Dissertation two passages where this holy Bishop makes mention of the passage of St. […]

The Genuineness of 1 John 5.7 by David Martin 1.6

By | 2017-09-29T05:10:28+00:00 September 27th, 2017|Categories: Comma Johanneum, Confessional Textual View, David Martin, Preservationist Textual Criticism|

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 the passage of St. John, I have had occasion to place with him the three or four hundred Bishops, who had inserted this triumphant Text into their Profession of faith; I have quoted in my Dissertation, and in the Examination […]

The Doctrinal Various Readings of the New Testament Greek

By | 2017-09-27T15:32:14+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Categories: Comma Johanneum, Confessional Textual View, Textual Myths|Tags: , , , , |

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 the art of biblical criticism. It very properly suggests, not only some inquiry into the value and authority of the Sinai manuscript introduced to the learned world by Dr. Constantine Tischendorf, but a review and comparison of the present and […]

Presuppositions of Textual Criticism Examined

By | 2017-10-30T14:07:57+00:00 April 24th, 2017|Categories: Confessional Textual View, Textual Criticism|

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 […]

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: |

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 […]

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: |

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, […]

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: |

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 […]

Textual Criticism != Providential Preservation

By | 2016-12-02T05:30:16+00:00 December 1st, 2016|Categories: Confessional Textual View, Preservationist Textual Criticism|Tags: |

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 […]

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: |

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, […]

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: |

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 […]

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|

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 […]

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|

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 […]

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|

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, […]

Idolatry & Atheism

By | 2016-11-03T19:41:34+00:00 November 3rd, 2016|Categories: Confessional Textual View, Dan Wallace, Doctrine of Scripture|

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 […]

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: , , , , , , |

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 […]

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|

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 […]

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|

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 […]

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: |

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 […]

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: , , , |

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 […]

A Short Response to James White

By | 2017-05-01T05:48:00+00:00 June 13th, 2016|Categories: Confessional Textual View, Home Page Slider, James White, Post Slider on Main Page, Preservationist Textual Criticism, Textual Criticism|Tags: , , , , , , |

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 view of Scripture, Mr. White failed to understand the key difference between our position and his, he then claimed victory, and did a Dividing Line episode engaging in ad hominems.  This time however he was called out for his […]

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