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Issues Relating to the Text of the Bible

A Textual Critical Geeky Dividing Line

Started off with a little reflection on sacralism prompted by a tweet posted by Albert Mohler, but fairly quickly transitioned into total textual critical geekdom.  First made some comments about the Textus Receptus, but then jumped 1300 years earlier into the story and started looking at the nomina sacra and early papyus manuscripts.  Afraid this one will be a little harder to listen to than most—much easier to watch than to listen, but still hopefully useful and interesting for those who like to dig a little deeper.

Here is the YouTube link:

Does God Forgive the Unrepentant? – The Dubious Textual Variant, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing’

A few years back I posted an article explaining the weak textual evidence of Luke 23:34a, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

This week is Good Friday and many sermons will be using this verse, so I think it is appropriate to bring awareness of its textual nature.

Whether you agree with me or not, pastors and Christians should still be aware of this textual issue and its larger theological implications, especially the important question of whether forgiveness is conditional or unconditional.

Here is the article:

 

From the Lips of Jesus or a Scribal Hand? “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”

 

The Benedict Option, Tim Keller, South Africa and London, and an Important Announcement

Started off the first DL after two weeks with a little conversation about the book, The Benedict Option, along with an article on Tim Keller’s speaking at Princeton (they are related).  Then started my report on my trip to South Africa and London, leading to an important announcement about my enrollment in the Ph.D. program at Northwest University in Potchefstroom, South Africa, working under Dr. Jordaan in textual criticism, focusing upon P45, an early third century manuscript that may provide important insights into the earliest period of the transmission of the text of the New Testament.

Here is the YouTube link: