The whole program today is oriented toward the text of Scripture and how it has been transmitted to us today. I particular focused upon the history of the NT text in the King James Version and relevant issues to the so-called “Ecclesiastical Text” movement of the modern day.
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.
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.
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.
90 minute program today with some thoughts from 2 Peter to start off the New Year, then a lengthy discussion of God’s decree, followed by a few items related to Islam and the Ecclesiastical Text folks.
Here is the YouTube link:
PRBC Prayer Meeting
PRBC Prayer Meeting
Starts: 10:00 pm
Ends: October 25, 2017 - 11:30 pm
Location: Phoenix Reformed Baptist Church 3805 N. 12th St Phoenix AZ 85014
James White is the director of Alpha and Omega Ministries, a Christian apologetics organization based in Phoenix, Arizona. He is the author of more than twenty books, a professor, an accomplished debater, and an elder of the Phoenix Reformed Baptist Church.