Category Archives: Textual Criticism

Sabnock’s Sermons: Defending the “Faith”

My dear Xaphan,

I hope you have had time to meditate on the previous letter and attempted to implement it in your local jurisdiction. If you haven’t yet taken that initiative I expect you to do so by weeks end as you’ve already let one Sunday pass. Oh, and don’t tell your colleagues about these lessons just yet as it will give you an edge on them. I want to make sure Master recognizes MY SON above all your peers – trust me, it will be good for both of us.
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The reason I’m not actually posting today:

Okay, to be quote honest I was going to work on my post for today and saw a video of a debate on the KJV-only issue. I couldn’t resist. I clicked play and the next hour and a half I was glued to my laptop screen.

I had every intention of addressing another of my friend’s questions on the church, but I failed to stay on course and didn’t want to offer something half-baked to those who visit R&M – you guys/girls deserve much more than that as does the topic I intended to cover.

I hope my friend will find it in herself to forgive me, she knows me well as we’ve been friends since youth and forgiving me for something is nothing novel to her. (I actually think I am the one that has taught her experientially the meaning of Matthew 18:21-22.)

So, know that I’ve confessed why I failed to actually post what I intended to, I shall shift the blame to the video and throw James White under the bus!

PS. no matter which side of the KJV fence you are on, this is a video that is very much worth watching. It’s long, but very good.

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Posted by on February 4, 2011 in Textual Criticism


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Lost in Translation – Part 2

In “Lost in Translation: Part 1” we took a cursory look at how we go about examining the biblical manuscripts that we have. I concluded that the most widely accepted Greek Text we have today is the Nestle-Aland Greek Text 27th Edition. I will not elaborate here why most scholars do not consider the Textus Receptus to be the most accurate Greek text. For those who are interested in examining that further, and all who are interested in this topic should examine it further, please check out the links at the end of this post under the heading “More Info on the TR”. Although we have established the most accepted Greek text in terms of accuracy, choosing an English translations isn’t just as simple as asking what text it is founded upon. There is another question that factors into it: What translation philosophy was used? There are two main classifications of translation philosophy: Formal Equivalent and Dynamic Equivalent. We will define each, discuss which one is better, and then look at some of the popular English translations that employ them. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on January 19, 2011 in Scripture, Textual Criticism


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Lost in Translation – Part 1

Around 1930, a Seventh-Day Adventist named Benjamin G. Wilkinson wrote Our Authorized Bible Vindicated. David Otis Fuller, a Regular Baptist minister, got a hold of the book and in 1970 wrote Which Bible? Using Wilkinson as a primary source and concealing the fact that Wilkinson was a Seventh-Day Adventist.1 Fuller coined the question that has plagued those in the now known King James Only (KJVO) movement – “Which Bible?” Some KJVO advocates ask the question in derision, as if one shouldn’t have to ask it and just accept the KJV as God’s one and only inspired, inerrant, preserved Word of God. Others ask it in sincerity, not settling for the unfounded conspiracy theories that have permeated the KJVO movement.
In answering this question, there are at least three sub-questions that must be dealt with: (1) Which manuscripts are the most complete and accurate? (2) Which translation of these manuscripts is the most accurate? (3) How is a layperson to know how to make the right choice? I will address these three in two separate posts. (Question 3 will be answered as we address question 2.) Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on January 17, 2011 in Scripture, Textual Criticism


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