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How then did we get our English Bible? June 28, 2006

Posted by mjtilley in Uncategorized.
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The first English Bible was translated by John Wycliffe in 1380. It was an English translation of the Latin Vulgate. Apparently he didn’t know Hebrew or Greek, so this Bible was essentially a translation of a translation.In 1514, Erasmus published his Greek text based on between 5-8 manuscripts (it depends on who you read after). This text is commonly known as the Textus Receptus (TR). In 1611, the KJV was translated from this text.

Modern critics enjoy pointing out that the manuscripts used in the TR were not the oldest. Most of the more popular modern translations embraced by these critics apparently come from the Westcott-Hort Greek text. Proponents of the KJV (more educated than myself) point out what these critics fail to: that the Westcott-Hort text was primarily based on just two manuscripts, the Sinaitic and Vatican. The Sinai manuscript was actually found in a trash receptacle in a monastery. The other was supposedly in remarkably good condition compared to manuscripts of equal or similar age. If this is true, it would seem that it apparently wasn’t deemed good enough to be used with any regularity. It is a fact that good books are used, and books that are used will become worn with age.

Putting that aside, we should once again appeal to Scripture. Should any Bible-believing Christian accept any version of the Bible that would undermine the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith? Frequently these modern versions do. How many times should one allow the name of Christ to be left out of a text before it is deemed unacceptable? How can you stand against the heretical writings of the cults when you cannot embrace the inspired Word of God?

On a more personal note, I will ask you to do this one thing as you study. No matter whom you read after when studying a particular doctrine, make it a point to read as much as you can about that individual. I have never found an individual who is anti-KJV who is not either a liberal when it comes to doctrine or when it comes to separation. Be careful.

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