Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
Today on the DL
02/27/2007 - James WhiteI played portions of the Today Show interview and the Larry King program from last night and gave an overview of the many problems in the Tomb of Jesus story today on the DL. If you know folks who are more likely to listen to something than read something, today's program might help. Here's the program (free/high quality). Of course, this is all preliminary. I just obtained the book and will be taking it with me to Massachusetts this weekend. Flipping through it I saw passing references to the Gospel of Thomas, so I can guess what we are up against there as well.
In any case, Jeff Downs has put together a list of resources here. Jeff is a dear brother in the Lord. He has been a great help to me, he's one of the best data-miners around (almost as good as our own UberLibrarian, Marie Peterson!), so drop him a line of encouragement and thanks if you have time.
I likewise announced my intention to write an entire book, From Toronto to Emmaus, coming out, Lord willing, in as brief a time as humanly possible, with Solid Ground Christian books. Please pray for us as we "clear the decks" and invest pretty much every waking hour in this provision of an apologetic, sound, fair, accurate response to this attack upon the very heart of the Christian faith.
Tomorrow On the DL
02/26/2007 - James WhiteThis is not going to surprise anyone, but I intend to tackle the Tomb controversy tomorrow. They may have the collective ignorance and gullibility of the secular media on their side, but that is not going to stop me from replying. I have found that there are some real questions about the reading of the inscriptions, and I likewise have the audio of the Today interview to go through. So make plans to listen in!
Yesterday on the DL
02/23/2007 - James WhiteWell, evidently, I answered all possible questions on textual criticism, or, bored the world to death with that series, so we moved on to listening, sort of on the fly, to last weekend's sermon by Johnny Hunt in which he once again did the "here's the template, we are all going to keep repeating this, without modification, without accuracy, and without responding to the refutation of these claims, until we have driven every biblically-literate person from our midst" thing that is starting to mark an entire spectrum of Southern Baptist ministers. I pointed out that this kind of "believe what I say but don't expect me to develop my position consistently" preaching leaves those who are exposed to it as their own source of edification dangerously under-developed and incapable of responding to the apologetic issues of the day. Eventually we took some calls, one of which was, in fact, on a textual critical issue (the fact that the LXX version of Jeremiah is about 1/3 shorter than the MT version). Here's the program (free/high quality).
Today on the Dividing Line: Finishing the Textual Critical Series
02/20/2007 - James WhiteStarted to wrap things up today on the TC series. Here is the textual data I discussed at the top of the program regarding Mark 1:41 and Bart Ehrman:
Greek text: kai. splagcnisqei.j evktei,naj th.n cei/ra auvtou/ h[yato kai. le,gei auvtw/|\ qe,lw( kaqari,sqhti\
Variant: orgisqeij D a ff2 r1*
I cited Metzger as well, but the Greek font did not translate, so you can just follow the text as I read it on the program. Then we took a call on the LXX and the OT Hebrew text. On Thursday be ready with your textual variant questions, as we will take your calls, and then move on to other topics! Here's the program (free/high quality). [Due to technical difficulties the DL will post Wednesday AM.]
Today on the DL
02/16/2007 - James WhiteYup, you guessed it, continued with the textual criticism seminar. Going to try to start wrapping things up on Tuesday, hopefully taking your calls on textual issues on Thursday. We will see. Started today's program with a clip from ol' Texe Marrs, which will appear on the blog soon. Here's the program (free/high quality).
Continued the Textual Criticism Series on the DL Today
02/13/2007 - James WhitePressed on with the textual criticism series on the DL today. I took some time to address the "ecclesiastical text" argument before moving into some more specific variants. We just got started on looking at the NA27 text near the end of the program. Here's the program (free/high quality).
Also, I made reference to my disputatio with Douglas Wilson on the issue of textual critical issues. Here is the link.
Quick Note for the DL Today
02/13/2007 - James WhiteHere are the links for the documents for the textual criticism series (UBS, UBS2, NA27). Oh, and I will probably mention the SESB for Libronics today as well. Here's a glorious image of how you can have the full textual data on your computer as well.
Textual Criticism Series Continued on the DL
02/08/2007 - James WhitePressed on with our textual criticism series on the DL today. On the fly I decided to update the link provided below, here, and add a scan of Colossians 1:14, which I discussed on the program. Today we mainly covered examples of scribal error and the sources thereof. Enjoy! Here's the program (free/high quality).
The Textual Criticism Series Rolls On
02/06/2007 - James WhiteI continued the TC series today, even went five minutes long to get us to a decent stopping point. I have decided I need to upload a few more scans before Thursday. I'll get to them as soon as I can. But till then, here is today's program (free/high quality).
Here Are the PDF's for the Textual Criticism Programs
02/05/2007 - James WhiteI have stayed up late enjoying myself immensely examining the wealth of high quality digital images of Codex Sinaiticus this evening...well, morning. I will be posting some images in the morning to illustrate one of our variants. Anyway, I have two files. The first contains just two pages from the UBS 4th text. The introductory remarks are so diffuse that even trying to provide them would produce a very large file. The second contains the sigla explanations from the NA27 text, along with a number of major variants we will examine. If you use the zoom feature on the pdf's you should be able to easily follow along, even if you do not have the actual texts.