Understanding Greek Texts

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  1. Dr. Bob

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    There are four different "text types" for the Greek New Testament. Some refer to them as "families".

    There are no two Greek texts identical in every detail even within such "families". No matter what Greek text one claims to believe to be the most faithful to the originals, it will have to be an eclectic blend of a number of Greek documents.

    God has miraculously preserved 5500 copies of these Greek documents (found thus far; their probably are more) for which we should all be thankful.
     
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    For more information see http://www.wordiq.com/definition/Byzantine_text-type
     
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    For more information see http://www.wordiq.com/definition/Alexandrian_text-type
     
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    For more information see http://www.wordiq.com/definition/Western_text-type
     
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    For more information see R. C. Briggs, Interpreting the New Testament Today: An Introduction to Methods and Issues in the Study of the New Testament, (Nashville: Abingdon, 1982), pp. 45-47).
     
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    Do you believe these 4 families of MSS?
     
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    I see now even more why so many new version promoters are so confused; they don't understand which Greek text to rely on!
     
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    POR,

    Why don't you give us a lesson in Greek? Which Greek Text do you use, and why? Do you even know or study Greek? If not then you really shouldn't be speaking of that which you do not understand.

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    I personally see the need for only three basic "types" (where most documents are in 90-97% agreement on every word and spelling, etc). Caesarean seems contrived and could be explained by the other three.

    And when you put all 5500 texts/fragments together you see 20,000 variations, but 19 of 20 can be seen as "typos" - when a letter was mistaken in one fragment, but is fine in all the others, etc.

    Like someone typed my name as Dr. "Boob". A thousand others who can spell and have semi-working digits, came up with "Bob". I will leave it to eac as to who got it correct! [​IMG]

    It has been said that "The variations are miniscule overall and not one affects a major doctrine."
     

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