Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Having Confidence in New Testament Manuscripts


Justin at Buzzard Blog talks about spending time with Dan Wallace of Dallas Theological Seminary:

I had the privilege of spending a good portion of my day with Dan Wallace, professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, director of the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts, Senior New Testament Editor of the NET Bible, and connoisseur of strong, bold coffee….

Dan spent the morning preaching at CPC, delivering a message entitled, “Is What We Have Now What They Wrote Then?” Dan’s message was a tremendous, clear, and witty treatment of the reliability of our New Testament documents….

Dan is a great guy and a lot of fun to be around. Dan fielded scores of questions from us related to textual criticism, new manuscript discovery, contemporary challenges to the authority of the NT, and translation theory (when I asked Dan his opinion of modern English translations I was happy to hear his hearty, enthusiastic endorsement of the ESV).

Justin goes on to talk about the work Dr. Wallace “is doing with the Center for The Study of New Testament Manuscripts which is aggressively working to better preserve ancient manuscripts of the Greek New Testament and which has, in the last four years, discovered more biblical manuscripts than any other institute in the world.”

Listen to Dr. Wallace’s message (iTunes or direct 10MB MP3) at Central Peninsula Church. The message discusses how we can have confidence in the reliability of the New Testament despite not having access to the original manuscripts, concluding that “the Bible that you hold in your hands is the very Word of God.”

We’ve previously linked to Dr. Wallace’s Succinct History of the English Bible, a four-part series that recounts the history on English Bible translations from Wycliffe through the twenty-first century.

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