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 Post subject: Would the Bible have changed while being copied?
PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2020 11:07 am 
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How do we know that the Bible we have now is the same text centuries ago?

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 Post subject: Re: Would the Bible have changed while being copied?
PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2020 11:47 am 
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Long story short:

The Old Testament Scribes were meticulous.
https://scottmanning.com/content/proces ... h-scribes/


The New Testament has a body of evidence that far exceeds other ancient manuscripts.
https://carm.org/manuscript-evidence

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 Post subject: Re: Would the Bible have changed while being copied?
PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2020 12:00 pm 
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We don’t, exactly. That’s where text criticism comes from. Many obvious errors are easy to spot, and there is no place where a variant reading affects the teaching of the Church.

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 Post subject: Re: Would the Bible have changed while being copied?
PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2020 11:23 am 
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There are some very important points to remember here

1. Even if we are not 100% certain about which reading is correct 100% of the time there can be absolutely no doubt that somewhere the original reading exist in the manuscripts

2. In every Shakespeare play, there are parts in the manuscript tradition where the original text is so corrupted that we actually have no idea what the original wording was and all we can do is guess which experts call a "conjectural emendation". At no point do we have to do this in the New Testament

3. In addition to the Greek manuscripts of the New testament there are also many Latin manuscripts and manuscripts another ancient languages that we can consult. Moreover we can also consult the writings of the fathers of the Church who quote almost every single verse of the New testament at one point or another

4. If someone were to assert as do the Mormons and the Muslims, that the original text of the New testament has been completely lost and we have no idea whatsoever what the original said it's important to note that this would be a remarkable thing because it has never been known to happen with any document ever

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 Post subject: Re: Would the Bible have changed while being copied?
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To add on to #4: The ancient copies of the New Testament that have survived to the present day come from all over the Near East and Mediterranean basin. Though there are textual variants, the story they tell is the same everywhere. Any "corruption" would have had to have happened almost instantly ... when there were still plenty of people alive who knew better.

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Nova Vulgata Bible has many typos but it is still good,

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 Post subject: Re: Would the Bible have changed while being copied?
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I compared it to things in microbiology. The errors would grow exponentially and in that case we would have thousands of different versions now.

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