NT Text and Manuscripts

How Do We know When Manuscripts Were Written? Guest Post by Brent Nongbri – The Bart Ehrman Blog – Christian Article

Here is the second post by Brent Nongbri on his recent book God’s Library.    I mentioned in the first of his posts that the book is “ground-breaking.”  In part that’s because he challenges the widely accepted dates of a number of our earliest surviving manuscripts of the New Testament.   Here he talks about his further explorations of this problem.   The basic question: When scholars say “This manuscript dates from the fourth century” (or the second, etc.): how do they…

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Finding Ancient Christian Manuscripts in Egypt. Guest Post by Brent Nongbri – The Bart Ehrman Blog – Christian Article

Here is a post by Brent Nongbri, from whom we have heard before on the blog.  His recent book on early Christian manuscripts, especially those of the New Testament, is ground-breaking and insightful.  He will give us a couple of posts devoted to it.  Here’s the first.   ***********************************************************   Bart suggested that a book I recently wrote might be of interest to readers of this blog, and he invited me to write a couple posts about it. The book…

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Were Miracle Stories Originally in the Gospels? – The Bart Ehrman Blog – Christian Article

Looking through old posts on the blog, I came across this very interesting and important question from seven years ago.  It’s a question I continue to get on occasion, so I thought we all might profit by thinking about it again.  (And now, older and wiser, I would answer almost exactly the same way!) QUESTION: I have looked up the content of all the papyri I’m aware of (off of links on wikipedia, so who knows if they’re accurate). It…

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Do Textual Variants Matter?? – The Bart Ehrman Blog – Christian Article

In three days we will hit the seventh-year anniversary of the blog.   I thought it would be fun (for me) to look at the earliest posts.  Here is the very first one, from April 3, 2012  (I’ve edited it a bit to tone down the rhetoric; I was a bit more hot-headed in those days!)   It’s about one of the most interesting and hotly disputed topics I’ve dealt with throughout my career. ******************************************************************** Probably more than any of my other…

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What *Greek* Version of the New Testament Do I Use? – The Bart Ehrman Blog – Christian Article

  I often indicate that when citing the New Testament in English, I’m giving my own translation, and that understandably has led some people to think I’ve actually citing a completed translation that I’ve made but not published.  A reader of the blog recently asked me how he could get access to the translation.  But I’ve never written a translation of the NT; when I say that a quotation is in “my” translation I simply mean that I’m reading the…

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Fundamentalist Arguments Ad Absurdum about the “Original” Text of the NT – The Bart Ehrman Blog – Christian Article

I’ve been looking for a scrappy question to tangle with, and today I received one!   QUESTION: You make the case that we do not have the original New Testament manuscripts.  In fact, we do not have any complete manuscripts of books that eventually became part of the New Testament until the 3rd century, correct?  The response often given by fundamentalist Christians is this:  So, you don’t believe that Socrates died by drinking hemlock?  You don’t believe that Julius Caesar…

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