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7 Reasons to Love Textual Criticism

Yesterday I was on an atheist forum and was amazed at what I saw. These atheists were discussing how the text of the Bible had changed so much that there was no way anyone in their right mind would believe it. They were even going so far as to question the very existence of Jesus as a historical figure. Why? Well, from their point of view the testimony of the Scriptures is unreliable since the manuscripts that the stories come from were corrupted and, therefore, beyond rational belief. They brought up many points of textual criticism made by Agnostic scholar Bart Ehrman.

#1 The Enemies of the Gospel Know Textual Criticism

You see, Bart Ehrman knows about textual criticism. In fact, he is the only person in the history of the world to write a bestselling book about this subject. But his conclusions are irresponsible, imbalanced, and outright wrong. But, as I saw on the forum, most Christians have never studied the subject so it becomes a prime target for atheists to attack. After all, if there are so many errors, changes, and lies about the story of Jesus presented in the text, where do we turn to to get the Gospel?

SAMPLE: Introduction to New Testament Textual Criticism

#2 Because of All the People Who Have Died for the Bible

During the early forth-century Christianity suffered its worst time of persecution yet. Emperor Diocletian set out to destroy Christianity completely. The focus of this persecution was on the clergy, church buildings, and the Christian Scriptures. The Roman persecutors believed that if they destroyed all Scriptures, then Christianity would eventually fall.

Thousands of Christians across the empire were rounded up and placed in prisons. Eusebius writes that prisons were so filled with Christian leaders that ordinary criminals were crowded out, and had to be released. Many were killed, being burned alive. Others lost limbs, eyes, and ears. But what is certain is that these Christians suffered such pains so that we could have the Scriptures. They believed that the very words of the Bible are worth giving up their lives for.

Textual criticism is the science and art of reconstructing the very words that saints of the past have died for. We should love textual criticism because, like those who have died for the Bible, we love the text of the Bible and every word is important.

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#3 Correcting Misconceptions about the History of the Bible

Have you ever heard someone say that the scribes who copied the Bible never made any mistakes? That they counted the words of each line, wrote in a certain color ink, and burned the manuscript if there was ever a single mistake? Well, this is not really true.

There are so many things that I have believed and even taught that were not true. Please forgive me, but this is true. Often, I have wanted Christianity to be true so badly that I believed anything that confirmed my prejudice. This was not responsible at all. Dan Wallace taught me very early that we are seekers of the truth, not prejudice. And we have to be honest with the evidence, even if it does not support our faith.

The great thing about studying textual criticism is that, when all is said and done, our faith is strengthened a great deal. While the story about the scribes above may not be true, we don’t need it to be confident in the Bible. There are so many ways we can test the manuscripts and discover which best represents the original.

35 Seminary-Level Sessions

DISC 1

1. Introduction to New Testament Textual Criticism
2. How to Count Textual Variants
3. The Number of Variants
4. Weighing the Discrepancies
5. Recent Attempts to Change the Goals of NT Textual Criticism
6. Materials and Methods in Making Ancient Books

DISC 2

7. The Materials Used for Making a Codex Manuscript
8. A Brief History of the Transmission of the Text
9. The Role of the Canon in Shaping the NT Text
10. The Emergence of Local Text Forms
11. Illustrations of Scribal Corruptions (Part 1)
12. Illustrations of Scribal Corruptions (Part 2)

#4 Because of the Rylands Library Papyrus

Never heard of P52 (also known as Rylands Library Papyrus)? Don’t worry, most Christians haven't. P52 is the earliest known manuscript of the New Testament. It is a little piece of the Gospel of John that dates to the early second century. The significance of this little manuscript for the Christian faith is incredible. You see, before its discovery in the early twentieth-century, most liberal theologians were dead set against dating the book of John anywhere before A.D. 150. This would mean, among other things, that John could not have been the author of this Gospel (much less an eye-witness). Once this discovery was made, this pushed the origin of the Gospel back to the dating orthodox Christians have always believed.

P52 is one of the great apologetic defenses of the origin of the Gospels. It may be a little fragment, but this fragment says so much.

During this course with Dan Wallace, you will learn not only many more details about P52, but also of P66, Codex Sinaiticus, Vaticanus, and many more manuscripts that help build our faith. Their discoveries are amazing and, believe me, Dan Wallace has all the insight.

DISC 3

13. Some Famous Manuscripts: Papyri (Part 1)
14. Some Famous Manuscripts: Papyri (Part 2)
15. Some Famous Manuscripts: Majuscules (Part 1)
16. Some Famous Manuscripts: Majuscules
17. Resources for NT Manuscripts
18. Resources for NT Manuscripts: CSNTM

DISC 4

19. The Greek Text Behind the KJV
20. Textus Receptus/Doctrine of Preservation (Part 1)
21. Textus Receptus/Doctrine of Preservation (Part 2)
22. Tischendorf and the Discovery of Sinaiticus (Part 1)
23. Tischendorf and the Discovery of Sinaiticus (Part 2)
24. History of NT Textual Criticism Since the TR

#5 Daniel B. Wallace is a Modern Indiana Jones

Normally, we have to read about discoveries or watch them dramatized on the big screen. The Indiana Jones movies are among the most successful of all time because people love adventure. People love discovery. People love the possibility of possibilities. However, life does not have to be lived “normally.”

Dr. Daniel Wallace is a real life adventure/scholar. He may not be swinging on a whip fighting Nazis, but he is traveling to old monasteries, being lifted over walls in baskets, and spending long hours in dusty basements looking at treasure that no one has laid eyes on in many years. By day he is a professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. By night, he is an adventurer traveling the world photographing ancient New Testament manuscripts with his organization The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts.

During this class on textual criticism, you will hear amazing stories of how manuscripts are discovered, catalogued, and photographed from a real Indiana Jones.

 

DISC 5

25. Who Were Westcott & Hort?
26. Reasoned Eclecticism (Part 1)
27. Reasoned Eclecticism (Part 2)
28. Reasoned Eclecticism (Part 3)
29. Some Famous Textual Problems (Part 1)
30. Some Famous Textual Problems (Part 2)

DISC 6

31. Some Famous Textual Problems (Part 3)
32. Some Famous Textual Problems: Matthew 24:36
33. Some Famous Textual Problems: John 7:53-8:11
34. Is What We Have Now What They Wrote? (Part 1)
35. Is What We Have Now What They Wrote? (Part 2)

#6 This is a FULL Course on Textual Criticism

I dreamed about these kinds of courses during class one day at seminary. I prayed “Lord, let me take this stuff I am learning to the entire world. It is not fair that only those in seminary get this type of education. Everyone needs it.” I wanted to find some way to teach the exact same things that we learned in seminary, knowing that people who have the Spirit of God in them will respond with rebirth and jubilation as their faith was strengthened.

This is not a dumbed down course. I have instructed the teachers to give their entire course that they would teach at seminary. Dan Wallace will break this subject down into 30-40 sessions of deep teaching. However, I have also told Dan to make sure that he teaches to those who may not have ever heard the word “textual criticism.”

This is the real deal folks. You will be training with Dan Wallace, one of the most respected textual critics in the world, getting his best on the subject in this full course on textual criticism.

DISC 7 (Resource Disc)

• PowerPoint Files
• Keynote Files
• Advertising Posters
• Bulletin Inserts
• Leader Guide
• Vision of Credo Courses

DISC 8 (Preview Disc)

• Sample of the Church History Study
• Sample of the Discipleship Program

#7 It's the First Step in All of Bible Study

When I was in seminary, the most feared courses came in the Old and New Testament departments. The papers that our fear focused on were called “Exegeticals.” That was always the question: “Have you finished your exegetical?” Exegeticals constituted the core of our study of the Bible and the study of the Bible constituted the core source of truth for our faith and ministry. Therefore, if we could not do exegeticals well, did we really have any hope of encouraging people with the truths of God’s word? “Exegetical” comes from the word “exegesis” meaning “to lead” or “bring out.” We are to “bring out of the Scripture what was already there as opposed to lead or bring into the text what we wanted to be there.

Of the many components involved in exegeticals (including translating, diagramming, word studies, and validation) was textual criticism. In fact, textual criticism was the first step of bringing out of the text what was truly there. If we were to skip textual criticism, we might as well hang up any hope of ever knowing what the text really means. Why? Because without textual criticism there is no way to know what the text even says!

You see, textual criticism seeks to discover what the original manuscripts really said. This is not always easy. There are many ancient manuscripts that we look to when we are attempting to reconstruct the Bible. With the New Testament alone there are nearly 6,000 existing manuscripts that we use as evidence. In order to “decide” what the original said, we have to compare all of these manuscripts and make some very important decisions when they differ.

How do we do that? That is what this course is all about. It is the first step in all Bible study and we want you to be skilled in this essential field of biblical studies.

What Other People Are Saying...

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Most Christians have never studied textual criticism so it becomes a prime target for atheists to attack.

Michael Patton
Michael Patton

When I walked into Dr. Wallace's class on textual criticism I had my guard up. I thought that he was going to challenge my faith in the Bible. I walked out of that class trusting the Bible more than I ever had.

Jeremy Wright
Jeremy Wright

I took Dan Wallace’s Credo Course on Textual Criticism. I learned things—things I had somehow never known, and things, I suspect, I had been carefully “sheltered” from.

Timothy Berg
Timothy Berg

This (the textual criticism course) is something you’d have to travel the whole world to get.

Jerry Craig
Jerry Craig

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