Sunday, March 8, 2020

Feedback of Noted Bible Scholars (Catholic and Protestants) about my Video Lecture on Textual Variants

During the 1st century AD, scribes were frequently engaged by all kinds of citizens. Professional hand is normally someone who was paid for the work. Private hand or documentary hand is by someone who wants an accurate copy usually (though many exceptions).

So far, I am satisfied with the comments. It is better if experts watch and listen to you since they know if you tell the truth.

Your video is well done, accurate, and easy to understand. In the final frame at the conclusion of yours, it seems a shame that the other videos on textual criticism are attacking "errors" in the Bible—that variant readings mean it's "corrupt." Yours is a good response.

Eugene Ulrich, M.Div., Ph.D.
Professor of Hebrew Scriptures emeritus, University of Notre Dame

Duane, I looked at the video. Overall, it is very good and accurate. But it’s missing several details. The most important is that there are variants that do affect the meaning and have a decent possibility of reflecting the original wording. These, too, need to be addressed.

Daniel B. Wallace
Senior Research Professor of NT
Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary

Duane, Just watched it. Very good job, thank you! 

Andreas Kostenberger
Director of the Center for Biblical Studies
Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary



A basic introduction to variants nicely covering many key issues tied to Textual Criticism.

Darrell L. Bock
Senior Research Professor of NT Studies
Dallas Theological Seminary
Dear Bro Cartujano,

Thank you for the link to your Youtube video on textual variants. The three examples you give are generally correct. Although I would point out that variant spellings of names may be due to geographical variation rather than scribal fatigue. And there are, of course, many other types of variant readings than the three you discuss. But I agree with the overall point of your video that the NT is not corrupt simply because of the many textual variants.

Karen H. Jobes, Ph.D.
Gerald F. Hawthorne Professor Emerita
of New Testament Greek & Exegesis
Wheaton College and Graduate School

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