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Q&A #141 - KJV Greek text inaccurate
by Robert Nguyen Cramer
This BibleTexts website administrator has very much enjoyed questions and insights that have been emailed to him ever since this site was launched in September of 1996. On this page I share with BibleTexts browsers a few of the questions, insights, and responses, so that we all can further learn from and with each other.
I have recently
had a man severely question my statements about the KJV having used
a Greek text that is not as accurate as other modern translations. He gave
me a teaching by a Dr. Hovin that said that they have found over 5,000 copies
of the "textus receptus" that are nearly identical and that this
alone shows that it is THE correct manuscript. My understanding says that
the "textus receptus" seems to have been a partially corrupted manuscript
and that they "found" more copies because it was in use about the
time of the printing press. He says that it took 10 months to make a copy
so this had to be the most widely used manuscript to find all of these nearly
identical copies. What is your take on this?
In Christ's Love,
Your statements about the inaccuracy of the Greek text from which the KJV was translated are correct. For more details, see
A very simple verification of the correctness of your statements about the KJV may be found in a brief excerpt from the last link:
Below are three examples of corrupt texts in the KJV and NKJV. In all three verses, Erasmus' Greek New Testament text was based upon copies of the Latin Vulgate, not on any ancient Greek texts. In other words, the corruption of these verses had no support in any Greek texts prior to 1516."
- 1Jo 5:7-8 - For details, see: http://www.bibletexts.com/kjv-tr.htm#1jo0507 and http://www.bibletexts.com/versecom/1jo05v07.htm.
- Rev 22:19 - For details, see: http://www.bibletexts.com/verses/v-rev.htm#rev2219.
- Act 9:5-6 - For details, see: http://www.bibletexts.com/verses/v-act.htm#act0905.
The only information on the Internet regarding "Dr. Hovin" is a reference to an article he wrote. As described at http://www.fbbc.com/links.html:
Creation Science Evangelism (http://www.drdino.com/) - Dr Kent Hovin - Creation Science Evangelism exists to support and proclaim the truth of God's Word, demonstrating the perfect harmony of the Biblical record with factual science and history. Additionally, CSE sets out to demonstrate the fallacies and deceptions of modern evolutionary thinking.
Dr. Kent Hovin's article does not seem to be available on the Internet at http://www.drdino.com/ as the previous link indicates.
All the biblical scholars I cite are from major universities and/or have been internationally recognized as biblical authorities. For a small sampling, see http://www.bibletexts.com/terms/tr-history.htm.
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