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Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Omissions/Additions in the Majority Byzantine Text

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  • Theodore Letis
    Sorry, this most certainly IS NOT true. ALL manuscripts have differences, of all text-types! So what? All text critics admit that the Ecclesiastical Text
    Message 1 of 3 , May 4, 2005
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      Sorry, this most certainly IS NOT true. ALL manuscripts have differences, of all text-types! So what? All text critics admit that the Ecclesiastical Text (Byzantine Text), is the most coherent, the most homogeneous, the most carefully copied, with the fewest textual variants of all text types. Finally, NONE of the textual variations within the Ecclesiastical Text/TR challenges ANY doctrine at all! Even leaving out the comma Johanneum, Augustine still found the Trinity in what remains of 1 Jn 5: 8! Just because the Trinitarian Bible Society claims the TR is inerrant, doesn't mean they speak for all the rest of us who actually sudy this matter with some care and who realize that such language can never be used in reference to the Biblical text (but for their imaginary "autographa"). The Ecclesiastical Text and the TR represent the only form of the text that the orthodox Church has ever had as a referent for the inspired, infallible text of Scripture (a la the WCF); and in either form, The Byzantine MSS, or the published TR, it stands miles above the "eclectic" text which can be found in no one manuscript in the world because it was pieced together by "scholars," just as the Five Gospels of the Jesus Seminar was pieced together by "scholars."

      Theodore P. Letis

      www.thetext.org



      forisraelssake <c_tylor@...> wrote:

      From the TBS web site I found these...maybe this is
      > what the person was asking about?
      >

      Dear Edgar,

      The Majority Byzantine Text-type contains differences amongst itself
      to such a serious degree that this prima facie problem of TR:UBS
      differences is again repeated within the 'traditional' text itself to
      no less present a degree when a particular TR is collated to the
      Majority text.

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