Presuppositions of Textual Criticism Examined

By | 2017-04-25T15:03:23+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 […]

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|

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. […]

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 […]

The Apostles and Prophets: Secretaries of the Holy Ghost

By | 2016-11-03T19:41:40+00:00 May 16th, 2016|Categories: Confessional Textual View, Home Page Slider, Inspiration, Organic Inspiration, Post Slider on Main Page, Reformed Inspiration|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

“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 not in old time by the will of man, but the holy men of God spake as they were carried and mooved by the holy Ghost.‘”

William Perkins, Works, 2:647.

Orthodox Christians all affirm that every word of Scripture has been completely […]

Welcome to the Revolution

By | 2017-07-04T15:33:18+00:00 March 28th, 2016|Categories: Confessional Textual View, Intro to Textual Criticism Series, Preservationist Textual Criticism, Textual Criticism, Welcome|Tags: |

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 in the Reformed Pub, you realized that it has nothing to do with what is commonly called King James Onlyism.  And if you’re new to this view, then you may have no idea where to start.  And that’s what this post is for.

So Much […]

The Second Helvetic Confession

By | 2016-11-03T19:41:42+00:00 December 11th, 2015|Categories: Confessional Textual View|

The View of Scripture found in the Second Helvetic Confession

CHAPTER I
Of The Holy Scripture Being The True
Word of God

CANONICAL SCRIPTURE. We believe and confess the canonical Scriptures of the holy prophets and apostles of both Testaments to be the true Word of God, and to have sufficient authority of themselves, not of men. For God himself spoke to the fathers, prophets, apostles, and still speaks to us through the Holy Scriptures.

And […]