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Introduction: Numbers


The book of Numbers is the fourth book of the Bible. The English title comes from the Latin Vulgate (Numeri) and the Greek Septuagint (Arithmoi). 2,382 more words


Ehrman Equates the Apocryphal Gospels as Being Equal to the Canonical Gospels—Debunking Bart D. Ehrman

To be sure, of all the hundreds of thousands of textual changes found among our manuscripts, most of them are completely insignificant, immaterial, of no real importance… 5,650 more words


Textual Variants (Errors) in the NT Text “Sometimes In Highly Significant Ways”—Debunking Bart D. Ehrman

Christianity from the outset was a bookish religion that stressed certain texts as authoritative scripture. As we have seen in this chapter, however, we don’t actually have… 7,560 more words


The Corruption of the NT Text In Early Christianity: “And So It Goes for Centuries”—Debunking Bart D. Ehrman

That is to say, once a scribe changes a text—whether accidentally or intentionally—then those changes are permanent in his manuscript (unless, of course, another scribe comes along to correct the mistake). 5,052 more words


‘This was a Human Book from Beginning to End’—Debunking Bart D. Ehrman

For me, though, this was a compelling problem. It was the words of Scripture themselves that God had inspired. Surely we have to know what those words were if we want to know how he had communicated to us, since the very words were his words, and having some other words (those inadvertently or intentionally created by scribes) didn’t help us much if we wanted to know His words.  2,336 more words


The Synoptic Gospels in the Ancient Church: The Testimony to the Priority of the Gospel of Matthew—F. David Farnell


The Gospel of Matthew was the church’s most popular Gospel in the decades up to the time of Irenaeus (ca. A.D. 180).  After an extensive analysis of Matthew’s influence on early Christianity, Massaux relates, 13,835 more words


‘We Don’t Have Copies of the Copies of the Copies of the Originals’—Debunking Bart D. Ehrman

Not only do we not have the originals, we don’t have the first copies of the originals. We don’t even have copies of the copies of the originals, or copies of the copies of the copies of the originals. 3,545 more words