Thursday, August 23, 2012

Book Review: Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions Vols I and II

Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions, Vols I and II.

While I would highly recommend reading both these books, I think they needed to warn their readers that one must take considerable care when ascribing contradictions to a copyist error.

On the one hand, you can see their point that, if at some time a copyist added an erroneous marginal note that a later scribe incorporated into the body of the text, it is clearly not inspired.

On the other hand, the obvious response is "If that's a copyist error, how can we be sure that doctrine X over here isn't a copyist error too?"

They need to warn their readers that the ONLY time you should ascribe something to a copyist error is when you have clear evidence that it is a copyist error, i.e., other, earlier manuscripts do not contain the reference.

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