Greek Texts

Harry W. Jones hjbluebird at
Thu May 23 22:20:12 EDT 2002

Dear Andrew,

Everyone on the B-Greek list have their on favorite TEXT and are willing
defend their TEXT tenaciously that's why discussion of which TEXT is
correct is discouraged on the B-Greek list. You could go to the TC list
for that kind of discussion, though.

Best Regards,
Harry Jones

> It seems that the United Bible Socity or the Nestle-Aland text is the
> preferred Greek New Testament. I do not wish to stir up atomic shock
> waves, but I would simply like to relay some information I have learned
> from books by Dr. Edward Hill, Dr. D.A. Waite, G.A. Riplinger and others.
> The Greek texts mentioned above are based on two manuscripts.
> 1. Codex Vaticinus: was found in the pope's library in Rome in about 1481.
> 2. Codes Sinaiticus: was found in an Orthodox monastery at the foot of Mt.
> Sinai in 1844, by Tischendorf. Tischendorf reported that the Orthodox
> monks were intending on burning this manuscript, but he presuaded them to
> salvage it and allow him to study this manuscript.
> Wescott and Hort relied only on these two manuscripts when creating the
> Greek texts which are mainly used today. (The UBS and Nestle-Aland) The
> Vaticanus and Sinaiticus texts were based on manuscripts created by
> scholars in Alexandria who felt at liberty to change the Word of God as
> they pleased, to fit their own ideas. (A.D. 175-225)
> On the other hand, it is widely known, (but not often openly stated), that
> the Textus Receptus is based on nearly 5000 reliable manuscripts which
> agree with each other in almost every detail. No vital doctrines are lost
> or changed in any of these manuscripts. Also, some of the greatest
> scholars who ever lived, the King James Version translators, chose this
> text above the Vaticanus and Sinaiticus. (Yes, the KJV translators were
> well aware of these texts and others similar to them.)
> Therefore,
> I have decided to stand firm with the Textus Receptus. 
> Please reply off-board if you feel the discution get to heated. 
> Andrew W. Carlson

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