Essay on the Right Estimation of MSS Evidence 1.0

By | 2017-09-29T05:31:48+00:00 September 29th, 2017|Categories: Textual Criticism, Thomas Rawson Birks|

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 of the New Testament, on which any such revision has to be based? It seems unfortunate that this more important question should be raised informally and indirectly in the course of an attempt to improve our English version, […]


By | 2017-09-29T05:04:42+00:00 September 29th, 2017|Categories: C. H. Waller, Textual Criticism|



I HAVE been requested to state briefly and in as popular a form as the subject will admit, the case of the Conservatives against the Greek Text of the New Testament put forth by Professors Westcott and Hort, the case for them having been already presented in this journal. That we have sufficient ground for complaint, is clear from the following […]

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

By | 2017-09-29T03:16:09+00:00 September 29th, 2017|Categories: A. E. Housman, Textual Criticism|

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 the sense which I attach to the word will emerge from what I say. But it is necessary at the outset to define textual criticism, because many people, and even some people who profess to teach it to others, do […]

Well what’s your methodology?

By | 2017-05-01T04:48:26+00:00 May 1st, 2017|Categories: Preservationist Textual Criticism, Textual Criticism|

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 […]

Presuppositions of Textual Criticism Examined

By | 2018-03-11T20:29:54+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 […]

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: , , , , , |

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 […]

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 […]

Five Considerations About Arguments Based on Stylistic Differences

By | 2016-11-03T19:41:40+00:00 June 6th, 2016|Categories: Pericope de Adulterae, Post Slider on Main Page, Textual Criticism|Tags: , , , |

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 is very different from what we find in the rest of John (including the stories immediately before and after); and it includes a large number of words and phrases that are otherwise alien to the Gospel” (Misquoting Jesus, […]

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

By | 2016-11-03T19:41:40+00:00 May 20th, 2016|Categories: Home Page Slider, Pericope de Adulterae, Post Slider on Main Page, Textual Criticism|Tags: , |

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 parts of the Western Church. It was subsequently inserted into various manuscripts at various places” (Text Of The New Testament, pg. 320). The argument attempts to capitalize on the fact that the woman caught in adultery […]

Making Mountains Out of Molehills – Part 4

By | 2016-11-03T19:41:40+00:00 April 19th, 2016|Categories: James White, Textual Criticism|Tags: |

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 below will be italicized.

At the end of the last post we covered in detail that what the Reformers and writers of the Confessions considered as the doctrine of Providential Preservation is rejected by Mr. White […]

Making Mountains Out of Molehills – Part 3

By | 2016-11-03T19:41:40+00:00 April 15th, 2016|Categories: Critical Text Onlyism, James White, Textual Criticism|Tags: , , , |

Making Mountains Out of Molehills

Part 3

This is part 3 in this series.  Here are Part 1Part 2, & Part 4.  Again, my responses are in Italics.

43:28 “What I did, is I responded to, you know, some people started saying, for example Paul Barth quoted from Augustine. And Augustine wrote a short little book. It’s a available in Latin online. I pulled up when we got here […]

Making Mountains Out of Molehills – Part 2

By | 2016-11-03T19:41:41+00:00 April 15th, 2016|Categories: Critical Text Onlyism, James White, Pericope de Adulterae, Textual Criticism|Tags: , , , |

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 Dr. Dan Wallace, leading textual scholar of our day; There are many, many people who are willing to trade the truth for certainty.
31:43 And many of those people are sitting in the pews of our churches
31:47 […]

Making Mountains Out of Molehills – Part 1

By | 2016-11-03T19:41:41+00:00 April 14th, 2016|Categories: James White, Textual Criticism|Tags: , , , |

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. White. As Mr. White has a tendency to make definitive claims on little or no proof this series is called Making Mountains out of Molehills.

My comments will be italicized.

04:24 Mr. White claims […]

Response to James White on Augustine and the Pericope Adulterae

By | 2016-11-03T19:41:41+00:00 March 29th, 2016|Categories: Critical Text Onlyism, history, Pericope de Adulterae, Textual Criticism|Tags: , , , |

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 Pericope Adulterae, the passage about the woman caught in adultery (John 7:53-8:11). First, I’d like to express my utmost […]

Welcome to the Revolution

By | 2017-10-30T13:33:27+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 somewhere online and 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.


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

By | 2016-11-03T19:41:41+00:00 March 4th, 2016|Categories: Textual Criticism|

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 themselves:

10. The supreme judge, by which all controversies of religion are to be determined, and all decrees of councils, opinions of ancient writers, doctrines of men, and private spirits, are to be examined, and in whose sentence […]

Erasmian Myths: The Comma Wager

By | 2017-04-02T10:01:18+00:00 March 2nd, 2016|Categories: Comma Johanneum, Erasmus, Erasmus Myths, history, James White, Textual Criticism|Tags: , , |

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 his work.  In light of this, I present the following 4 post series on the biggest myths about Erasmus.  If you listened to evangelical promoters of textual criticism, then you’ve probably heard a few, if not all […]

Historical Resources on Textual Criticism, Bible Versions, etc.

By | 2016-11-03T19:41:42+00:00 March 2nd, 2016|Categories: Textual Criticism|

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.

The following online resources tend toward the defense either of the Byzantine Text (Majority Text, Ecclesiastical Text, Traditional Text, etc.) generally, or the Received Text particularly; as well as toward the use of the Authorized Version of the […]

Where to begin in the textual debate?

By | 2016-11-03T19:41:42+00:00 December 27th, 2015|Categories: Intro to Textual Criticism Series, Textual Criticism|Tags: |

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 are there so many different opinions?  Sometimes you feel like screaming.  So I decided to write this series thinking of what I wish someone had recommended to me when I started learning about the field of Textual Criticism. This will […]