Posts Tagged ‘Textual Criticism’

Textual Criticism is the art and science of studying ancient manuscripts to find out what the text says from what the author first wrote a book, be it the Bible or other ancient writings.

For Christians textual Criticism is an important field both to know what God’s Word says and also as an apologetic.

There’s a lot of materials out there on the New Testament Textual Criticism, both in terms of books and internet resources.

There’s less for the Old Testament.

So below I have links to a three part audio series on MP3 on why we can know the words of the Old Testament are from the human authors (that is, it wasn’t changed).  Check it out!


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Back in July we did a three part outline series on how “We can know the words of the Old Testament.”  There’s a total of 13 reasons given of why we can know and reconstruct what’s the content of the Old Testament.

The response to these posts have been overwhelming in terms of views and comments and feedback.

Since it is such an important topic I thought I make a post with a table of contents to them.

Here’s the table of contents:


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On April 22nd, 2017 Christian apologist Doctor James White presented on the topic of New Testament Reliability for South Dakota Apologetics at Parkview Church in Rapid City, South Dakota.  The reliability of the New Testament is one of Dr. White’s field of study.

Here are the two lectures:


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Two prominent scholars debate on the topic, “Does the New Testament Misquote Jesus?

Dr. Craig Evans vs Dr. Bart Ehrman.

Debate video here.

Debate MP3 Audio here.


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According to University of Münster Institute for New Testament Textual Research, the official list of important Greek manuscripts, classified according to the categories defined above is,

As of May 2006,

  • Papyri: 118
  • Majuscule Manuscripts: 318
  • Minuscule Manuscripts: 2,879
  • Lectionaries: 2,435

Total: 5,750

Comparing to other work of antiquity, the New Testament has greater numerical and documentation than any other book. Most of the available works of antiquity have only a few manuscripts that attest to their existence and these are typically quite removed from their original date of composition so that it is not uncommon for the earliest copy of a manuscript to be over 900 years after its original composition. F.F. Bruce cataloged it below,




of MSS

Oldest Copy

Caesar’s Gallic Wars

58-50 B.C.


800-808 A.D.

Livy’s Roman History

59 B.C.-A.D. 17

20 fragments

1 from the 4th century

Tacitus’s Histories/ Annals

A.D. 100


9th century A.D.

Tacitus’s Minor Works

A.D. 100


10th century A.D.

Thucydides’s History

460-400 B.C.


900 A.D.

Herodotus’s History

488-428 B.C.


900 A.D.

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