When one looks at the extant manuscripts of the Greek New Testament and compares them with each other, there are a lot of differences. We call these differences “discrepancies.” In fact, when the nearly 6,000 manuscripts we have are put side-by-side, there are anywhere from 300,000 to 400,000 differences. This amounts to nearly 3 discrepancies per word in the New Testament alone. If one did not know better, this is enough to shake the faith of the most committed Christian.
However, while skeptics such as Bart Ehrman use this in their attempts to undermine Christianity, this is not the whole story. How important are these variants and what do they prove?
Here is a free session of Dan Wallace’s Textual Criticism Credo Course where he explains what type of discrepancies are represented and how the vast majority of them don’t change the meaning of the text at all. Enjoy.
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C. Michael Patton is the primary contributor to the Parchment and Pen/Credo House Blog. He has been in ministry for nearly twenty years as a pastor, author, speaker, and blogger.
Th.M. Dallas Theological Seminar (2001), president of Credo House Ministries and Credo Courses, author of Now that I’m a Christian (Crossway, 2014) Increase My Faith (Credo House, 2011), and The Theology Program (Reclaiming the Mind Ministries, 2001-2006), host of Theology Unplugged, and primary blogger here at Parchment and Pen. But, most importantly, husband to a beautiful wife and father to four awesome children. Michael is available for speaking engagements. He can be contacted at [email protected]