Textual Criticism of the
Semitic New Testament
By James Scott Trimm
As many of you know I have been writing a free on-line book laying out my
theory of the textual criticism
of the New Testament. This theory demonstrates a Hebrew and Aramaic
origin for the New Testament.
I have not completed all of the chapters, however the chapters that are
up at this point do give a complete
structure to the theory with evidence to support all of its major
This book demonstrates that Matthew was originally written in Hebrew and
that the Shem Tob, DuTillet and Munster Hebrew texts of Matthew are
representatives descending from that original Hebrew text.
Furthermore this Hebrew served as a basis for an Aramaic translation of
Matthew represented by the Old Syriac Version of Matthew.
The two Old Syriac manuscripts of the four Gospels are representatives of
an Original Aramaic version of the Gospels (except Matthew, which had
been translated from Hebrew into this Aramaic). This original
Aramaic served as a basis for the Greek Western text represented by Codex
Bezae (Codex D). This text was the oldest, most primitive and most
Semitic type. The other Greek text types represent a revision of
the Greek towards a more idiomatic, flowing Greek text. Finally the
Peshitta New Testament was a revision of the original (Old Syriac)
Aramaic which brought the Aramaic into closer conformity with the
Majority Greek text.
See the documented evidence.
and then click on:
Hebrew/Aramaic Textual Criticism
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Also see Hebraic-Roots Version New Testament