Welcome! Start here!

Welcome! Start here!

See what the blog “Bible Differences” can provide and how it may be of use to you. I focus mainly on the New Testament, but occasionally look at something from the Old Testament.

A list of Scriptures already studied can be found at “Scriptures“.

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New Testament Textual Sources

It is just wonderful news that the team of CSNTM under Dan Wallis discovers manuscripts till now unknown and then make them digitally available through the INTERNET!


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131Was Jesus appointed over the work of God’s hands? Hebrews 2:7

In Hebrews two verse seven, two variations are found where some manuscripts (handwritten copies) do have the clause: “You set Him over the work of your hands” while it is lacking in others. What could be the origin of this clause, and could it be part of the original autograph of Hebrews?
KJV: “You made him a little lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honor, and did set him over the works of your hands. You have put all things in subjection under his feet. ”
Most modern Bibles, even the Jewish Bible agree with the NIV without this clause: “You made him a little lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honor, and put everything under his feet.” Continue reading

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130 Polyglot

130 The Polyglot of Ximines

In a previous post I referred to the polyglot (many languages) of cardinal Ximines of Spain.

This post is derived from an article by Dan Graves published in “This week in Christian History”.

Dan Graves, MSL writes:

Maybe you’ve skimmed down the columns of one of those Bibles that has four, or even eight translations side by side. It is interesting to compare their wording. Such Bibles are useful for study, especially if one column gives the original Greek or Hebrew. We call them polyglot Bibles and they help us catch the meaning of the original words.

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129 As Christ accepted You or Us; Romans 15:7

In many places in the Bible two or more groups of people are mentioned in opposition to one another. To which group we identify ourselves can blind us for something important in that Scripture. Do we see ourselves as part of the original tribe of Israel, or do we identify with people who have been saved out of the heathen world? In Romans fifteen verse seven we have such a case where our point of observance can make a difference. Continue reading

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128 Source Greek Text for NT Translation

129 Source Text.

Initially anybody who required a copy of the original autographs of the epistles, gospels or any other part of the New Testament had to make his own, or employ a scribe to make a copy. These copies were usually made on papyrus, the common writing material, or sometimes on parchment, a much more expensive but more durable material. We call all handwritten material manuscripts to distinguish them from printed copies that originated centuries later. Continue reading

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127 Dealing with those in doubt, Jude verses 22 – 23:

In Jude verses 22 – 23 we have a situation on which a final answer seems not to be possible. And in reading the different versions we sort of create our own understanding of what we read.

Let us look at a few versions: Continue reading

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126 The New CSNTM.org

To anybody concerned with the origins of the New Testament and the manuscripts that support the different variations found in the manuscripts spread all over the world, this work done by Prof. Wallace and his team is of incalculable value.

Daniel B. Wallace

Press release from the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM) today announcing some very exciting things:

Since we began our work in 2002, a core part of our mission has been to make it possible to view and study New Testament manuscripts from anywhere in the world. We have worked toward this by traveling around the globe and capturing beautiful digital images of some of the most important extant manuscripts. Today, we are taking another step forward by making it easier than ever for you to access manuscripts. We’re launching the new CSNTM.org.

NewCSNTMHere are some of the features that you can expect to find now and in the coming weeks:

  • New Manuscripts – We will be adding 10-20 new manuscripts to our website weekly for the next few months. These will be from the National Library of Greece in Athens (our ongoing project for 2015–16), as…

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