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The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture: The Effect of Early Christological Controversies on the Text of the New Testament

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2002

    A Must Read!

    Professor Ehrman has provided us with an excellent, and well-written book detailing problems revealed in the various texts and manuscripts of the New Testament writings. This truly is not a book for the faint of heart, nor the faint of faith. You will be challenged to the very core of your belief and understanding of the New Testament, but what is so wrong with that?? We have been admonished by Peter to 'be ready to give an answer', and Paul to 'study to show yourself approved.' Yet all too often in Christendom our beliefs are more based in 'feelings and emotions' than in fact. The subject confronted by Prof. Ehrman in this book id both difficult and necessary. It is all too easy to point the judgmental finger of blame and accusation at this servant who has dedicated his life to the study of the scriptural texts. How much more difficult is it to attentively listen to what is said, take into consideration the context of the author, and then change my own flawed beliefs? Bravo, to you Dr. Ehrman!!

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  • Posted December 19, 2011

    Burgon's is better; Turretin is best

    Almost similar to reading the tired and flawed arguments of Warfield. Burgon's The Traditional Text of the Gospels (Vol1) and The Cause of Corruption (Vol2) from the 19th century also covers much of the same material. The difference is that Burgon was a Christian and a critic of the form of textual criticism used by then textual critics and now used by Bart Ehrman. Vol 1 of Burgon is support offered for the Traditional Text (sometimes called Byzantine Text or Textus Receptus) as the text of Christendom up until the end of the 19th century. Vol 2 covers various types of corruptions within the text, both deliberate and unintentional. In the deliberate corruptions he provides corruptions by both Christians and anti-Christians. I like Ehrman's arrangement a bit better than Burgon's. Ehrman tries to list them based on the belief of the corrupter. I find the negative reviews rather humorous. Most Christians who disagree with Ehrman so vigorously, seem to be of those who support James White and Dan Wallace's debates with Dr. Ehrman. Yet both White & Wallace agree almost completely with all that Dr. Ehrman says and yet lack the conviction of their beliefs to go all the way. At least Dr. Ehrman is no coward. For those interested Vol 1 of Turrentin's Institutes (excerpts online, books at Monergism Books), disprove all of Dr. Ehrman's works. I give it 4 stars because it is a useful reference.

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