Our Daily Metzger – Amos or Amon

Chris.Thomas Textual Criticism Leave a Comment

In our previous post Asa or Asaph, we saw how Metzger had no qualms calling the Holy Ghost a liar when he stated, “the evangelist may have derived material for the genealogy, not from the Old Testament directly, but from subsequent genealogical lists, in which the erroneous spelling occurred“.  So it should come as no surprise to us that when it once again comes to the genealogy of Jesus, that Metzger would deny that Jesus is the Messiah by attacking his kingly lineage.

In 1Chr 3.14 most manuscripts present the correct Ἀμών (or its near equivalent Ἀμμών), but Ἀμώς is read by A B (B* and one minuscule read Ἀμνών). In the narrative account concerning King Amon in 2Kgs 21.18–19, 23–25; 2Chr 33.20–25 several Greek witnesses erroneously read Ἀμώς.
Despite Lagrange’s preference for Ἀμών (see his argument quoted above on verses 7–8), the Committee was impressed by the weight of the external evidence that attests Ἀμώς.

Metzger admits that he and the Committee had no qualms rejecting the true reading in favor of the false reading because it appealed to their sensibilities.  This shows that their decisions were not based upon theological presuppositions as all textual decisions must be, but based upon their own subjective and arbitrary reason.  There reasoning for this and the previous passage shows that they rejected the doctrines of inspiration and infallibility.  They also rejected Jesus Christ as Messiah.  There is no other word for such men but heretic.  And make no mistake, those who reject Christ’s claims about himself are lost.  And those who die in such a state are damned.

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