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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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126 The New CSNTM.org

Herman of bibledifferences.net:

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.

Originally posted on 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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125 To Swear or Not; 1 Timothy 2:7.

In 1 Timothy 2:5 – 7 we are confronted with an extremely important difference.

To add or remove the words “in Christ” is not something to be taken lightly. It indeed changes the statement into an oath or visa versa! Any oath, especially in the name of Christ, is serious business. James warns that we should rather not swear at all. Continue reading

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124 “The Father of our Lord Jesus Christ…” Ephesians 3:14

In most modern translations the words printed in bold are not found:
“For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
What would be the reason for leaving such an important qualification from the Word of God?
We use three objective criteria to try to establish the reason for this version and determine which version would have the greatest chance to correspond with the original autograph, and which would be the deviating version. Continue reading

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123 Is Wisdom justified by his children or his deeds? Matthews 11:19

Is wisdom justified by God’s children, or by God’s deeds?

KJV: Matthews 11:18 – 19: “For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He has a devil. The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say; Behold a man gluttonous and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of “her children.”

NIV: “The son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and “sinners”. But wisdom is proved right by her actions.” Continue reading

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122 “In Christ” omitted from Galatians 3:17.

Did Paul write that the covenant ‘was confirmed of God”, or did he write that it “was confirmed of God in Christ”? That is what is on the table when we find two variations in the manuscripts available to us.
One group of manuscripts in two versions corresponds with the KJV, that indeed the covenant was confirmed in Christ, while the other version, corresponding with the NIV, omitting “in Christ”, which means that it was confirmed by God. Was it God, or Christ? Both can’t be correct. One must be a variation on the original. Continue reading

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121 “Jesus’ Wife” Fragment: The Collective Negative Judgment

Herman of bibledifferences.net:

The Jesus’ Wife fragment had been a hoax after all, See the evidence in this article by Prof Larry Hurtado.

Originally posted on Larry Hurtado's Blog:

The latest issue of the journal New Testament Studies (vol. 61, no. 3, July 2015) contains a battery of commissioned articles from several scholars that collectively present the reasons that the putative Coptic fragment referring to “Jesus’ wife” (GJW) is a modern forgery.  The small galaxy of scholars are of unquestioned expertise in the language and the texts, and here combine to show why the putative fragment cannot be accepted as a genuine early Christian text.   The table of contents of the issue is here.  (The link is slow, but wait for it.)

Simon Gathercole’s article, “The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife: Constructing a Context,” presents reasons why a reference to a wife of Jesus doesn’t really have a context in early Christian texts, contrary to Prof. King’s proposal.  And he reiterates reasons why the GJW fragment is a pastiche of phrases heavily indebted to the Coptic Gospel of…

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120 Quotation from Ps 24:1 left out from 1 Corinthians 10:28.

120 Quotation from Ps 24:1 left out from 1 Corinthians 10:28.

I always love it when authors of the New Testament quote from the Old Testament. Therefore I was very concerned when I found that the precious word “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.” is missing in most modern versions of the Bible. Why would they omit this quotation from Psalm 24:28?
Our first criterion is the external information derived from the manuscripts to our disposal. Continue reading

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