Restorationist Textual Criticism

RTC is the view that the text of Scripture must be restored.  This is a rejection of the Confessional view that the text of Scripture was kept pure in all ages.  RTC breaks down into two categories:

  1. Critical Text Advocates
  2. Majority Text Advocates

Critical Text advocates are known by their rejection of the Pericope (John 7:53 – 8:11), the longer ending of Mark (Mark 16:9-20), & the Comma Johanneum.  Majority Text advocates generally reject the Comma, but affirm the Pericope and the Longer ending.  However, both camps use the arbitrary and subjective practice of textual criticism formulated by the Roman Catholic Richard Simon.  Neither camp has a settled a text, as the subjective opinions of men and the discovery of new manuscript evidence will always leave their texts in flux.  The Critical Text advocates have 2 texts:  United Bible Societies text & the Nestle-Aland text.  The Majority Text advocates also have 2 texts:  Hodges & Farstad and the Pierpont & Robinson.  Generally, Critical Text Advocates are theologically liberal, outright unbelievers, or heretics.  There are many misguided evangelicals who hold to the Critical Text view.  Many Christians who claim to be Reformed also hold to the Critical Text view. Majority Text advocates are usually theologically conservative.

Series: Critical Text

The works of Unitarian Thomas Emlyn Volume 2A full enquiry into the original authority of that text, 1 John v. 7Introduction to the New Testament in the Original GreekStudies in the Textual Criticism of the New TestamentAn Introduction to the NT Manuscripts and Their TextsThe King James Only ControversyThe Text of the New TestamentMisquoting JesusTextual Scholarship and the Making of the New Testament

Series: Majority Text

The Original Ending of MarkThe Majority Text: Essays and Reviews in the Continuing DebateIdentity of the New Testament Text IV

Series: Text & Canon Conference Books

A Critical Examination of the Coherence-Based Genealogical Method in New Testament Textual CriticismA New Approach to Textual CriticismBooks & Readers in the Early ChurchCan We Trust the Gospels?Editing the Bible: Assessing the Task Past and PresentFundamentals of New Testament Textual CriticismOrthodoxy & Heresy in Early ChristianityThe Byzantine Text-Type and New Testament Textual CriticismThe Living Text of the GospelsThe New Testament Canon: Its Making and MeaningBeyond What Is WrittenThe Story of the New Testament Text

Series: Textual Criticism

Handbook to the Textual Criticism of the New TestamentCritical History of the Text of the New TestamentCritical History of the Old TestamentThe Pericope Adulterae, the Gospel of John, and the Literacy of JesusMyths and Mistakes in New Testament Textual CriticismThe Orthodox Corruption of ScriptureThe Early Text of the New Testament

Series: The Authentic Text

Letters to Edward Gibbon by George Travis