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  1. Thank you, Dr. Wallace, for “Fifteen Myths … “. Excellent. Very helpful for me and those with whom I minister. I had not heard of you until seeing this featured by Dr. Edward Fudge on his blog. I’m grateful for your ministry. Bob Mize, Lubbock, TX

  2. Hi there Dr. Wallace. I have recently stumbled upon year old articles talking about early manuscripts of Mark that were being published a year from last year. Well the time is here and I would love to hear an update on any progress. Can’t wait to hear back from you!

  3. Fair enough. Let’s just say I’m extremely excited!

  4. A 7th century BC Hebrew evangelist walks into an idolatrous, pantheist, society that commits human sacrifice and he says the very thing by which John the Baptist introduced Christ with, namely “behold the lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world”. Any good student could exegete upon that for the rest of the evening as to it’s elements: the unique nature of a sacrifice that takes away sins once and for all in a final sacrifice that doesn’t need to be repeated; the fact it is from the hand of God and not man declares God’s work completely apart from mankind; indeed, salvation by grace through faith.

  5. Dr. Wallace: When you talk about the translation of the King James Bible, why do you completely leave God out of it as if the making of the KJB was not an act of God and the hand of God was not on these translators in divine guidance? Did not they say that the hand of God was on them! You and others who criticize the Authorized Version always leave God out of it, completely!

  6. Dear Dr Wallace
    Saw your excellent presentation, “Update on Tischendorff ..”; on youtube.
    I would like enquire as to whether you think that the Codex Sinaiticus was a genuine document or a forgery?
    I have been following a discussion on another website concerning the Tischendorff – Simonides controversy at the time of its discovery; that Simonides had forged the Codex. I personally feel that the Codex is genuine, as a forgery of this nature and magnitude would have been nigh impossible by Simonides?

    Yours sincerely

    Eric Robertson

  7. Dr. Wallace,

    A friend contacted me today regarding Eph. 5:33 – specifically the word “respect”. In the ESV, this is the word. Do you believe this is the best word here? The Blue Letter Bible suggests something very different than “respect”. Your thoughts?

    Stephanie Usrey

    • Dr Wallace   Sorry for the delay in replying to your e-mail. My own thoughts on this enquiry from stephanie are that the word used in Ephesians 5:33 in the ‘Blue Letter Bible’ is ‘Reverence’, as it is in the King James Version.  This to me would be a more accurate translation of the original greek text than the word ‘Respect’, which is used in the English Standard Version.  I would tend to go with the KGV as a more accurate translation of the original Greek text.   Chambers Dictionary states that Reverence : Is a deep respect esp. to something sacred or holy.  This I believe, is what it is intended to mean in Eph 5:33. The passage reads as follows :-   Eph 5:33  Nevertheless let everyone of you in particular so love his     wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.   I would have say that I do not fully understand what this means..  Is it that the Love of the husband is to be of a different type to that of the wife?.  Or, that the love of the wife is to be greater than that of the husband?. These would be my comments on this matter.   Season’s greetings to you   Eric Robertson

         

  8. This may be a copy… not sure if my last comment went through. Ugh

    Dr. Wallace,

    In Ephesians 5:33, my ESV renders the word “respect” but the Blue Letter Bible has something far different. Is this the best interpretation in your opinion?

    Thank you so much for your input!

    Stephanie in Virginia

  9. Dr. Wallace, I just stumbled on your UNC debate with Dr. Ehrman and appreciated it very much. Apparently we are still waiting for the first century document you mentioned near the end. Is that correct?

  10. Dr Wallace. Presume this relates to debate, “Is the original New Testament Lost”?

  11. Dr. Wallace – Would like to know what is the current count of 2nd century manuscripts. Also I heard a lecture by Dr. James White who mentioned a book which contain the latest findings including the Mark discovery. Appreciate information.

  12. Is the original New Testament lost?

    Good interesting debate. However, does it matter that we have none of the original manuscripts of the New Testament?, do we really need these originals?; If we had, would any errors incurred in transcibing and reproducing these manuscripts, have had an influence on our understanding of the bible? I do not believe that this would be so.
    ‘New English Bible’, Second Letter of Peter, Ch1 v 20 states:-

    But first note this: no one can interpret any prophesy of scripture by himself. For it was not through any human whim that men prophesied of old; men they were, but impelled by the Holy spirit, they spoke the words of God.

    I believe that what we have in the way of scripture, of manuscripts and fragments of manuscript, are what God has intended us to have; ‘Warts and all’. Scribes errors, compounded errors, I do not believe that they would have had any great influence on our understanding of scripture.
    I believe that God established the Church through the spoken word, and that it was not until the church was well established that the written ‘Word’ came into prominence?.
    The only time that God gave the written word to Mankind was when he gave the ‘Ten Commandments’ to Moses on Mt Sinai?.

    God established the ‘Church’ through the spoken word, however I believe the written word to be most important, as it is through scripture that Jesus speaks to us, in this age. If we want to know what Jesus is saying to us, it is through ‘Sola Scriptura’, through ‘Scripture Alone’ As it was for Martin Luther at the time of the Reformation, so it is for us today.

    I believe that we are living in very interesting times with respect to discovery and interpretation of ancient manuscripts and scripture and I look forward to what is to is to be ‘revealed’ by the hard work of academics such as yourself; with of course the help of the ‘Holy Spirit’.

  13. Dr. Wallace, I recently read an article by Stanley Porter (In ‘Understanding the Times: Essays in Honour of D. A. Carson’ [2011]) in which he is quite critical of your treatment (or lack thereof) of discourse analysis and its role in Greek exegesis. My question is: how important is this movement for the Greek exegete? Would you add anything on it to GGBB if you were to publish a future edition? Thank you for your work; I’ve befitted greatly both from GGBB and these blogs.

    • There were very good reasons for me not including DA in the first edition of Exegetical Syntax. I will be adding some DA in the next edition, along with a syntax of the Apostolic Fathers.

  14. Dear Mr. Wallace,

    Regardless of the corruption of the NT by evil men in times past, enough truth remains to lead mankind to Godly repentance through Jesus, ~ indeed this was a concern of Paul’s (corruption) as written in numeous letters to the early church, point being ‘offical corruption’ came in the 4th century with the advent of the first pagan pope and later Nicene council and the subsequent ‘cleansing’ of the now vilified Christian ‘heretics’.

    Contrast the early church going joyfully to their deaths by Rome praising God compared to the fear of modern beleivers of today ~ a telling difference imho.

    It is my belief that the oldest and purist of NT letters and gospels still exist today, buried in the deepest of vaults in Rome,buried and forgotten ~ by the time of King James centuries had past and the NT as we know it today was ingrained as ‘truth’ as it was completely controlled by Rome, and will one day be revealed to end the big lie of Rome. Thank you for the forum.

  15. Are the Christian Renaissance DVDs available?

  16. In reading your paper on giant, you mentioned your work on Ephesus. Have you any info on the archeological work going on in Ephesus. Thank you Dr. Bailey

  17. Thanks for the update. Will keep in touch

  18. I hope this isn’t considered too off topic, but I think there may be many who’ll be interested. I am looking at getting into reading manuscripts and am wondering where to start in terms of resources and what to read etc.

  19. Your correspondant asks the best place to start in terms of Biblical Manuscripts?, textual criticism? Surely it has to be with the Bible itself?. The King James version or even Codices Vaticanus and Sinaiticus?

    In the world of academia, the Bible and parts thereof are, I feel, in danger being treated as valuable pieces of antiquity and as subjects of intellectual debate. Instead of being treated as the ‘Word of God’ and understanding what God is saying to us through this ‘Word’.

    The discovery? of the Codex Sinaiticus at St Catharine’ Monastery was rather unusual to my mind, in that Count Von Tischendorf was presented with this beautifully scribed codex (which I believe to be authentic) by one of the monks.
    He did not have to dig for it or pay money for it It was as if this codex was a gift from God to mankind. Perhaps we should studying this ‘ Word of God’ and understanding what it is saying to us?.

  20. Read your post on Count von Tischendorf, I was unaware that he was a count. thanks for the info.Dr. Bailey

    • Thanks for the comment, glad to be of assistance to you with this information. I feel I should add, that my comment perhaps trivialised the discovery of the codex. I first heard of the Codex last year on the internet. At the time of its discovery, it’s authenticity was challenged as a forgery; the party making this claim also claimed to be the forger. I contacted Dr Wallace enquiring as to its authenticity, this
      he confirmed. I would have to say that a work of this nature and stature would be impossible to forge, also the party making the claim was a dealer in ancient manuscripts and not, I would say, a person particularly interested in the Bible. Finally, would one take the word of a person claiming to be a forger? I think not. So I would concur, that the Codex Sinaiticus is authentic

      So, we have been presented with this beautiful Bible…. which has now been divided into four different sections, for temporal and religious reasons?; and held at four different locations, academic and religious, in Europe and the middle east? What purpose is the codex now being put to? Is it for the enlightenment of mankind? or for the benefit of academic institutions and temporal powers?
      I am a lay person who finds the subject of the Bible very interesting, both from a spiritual and historical perspective. I greatly admire the work done over the centuries by scholars and academics. For with out it we would not have the English translation of the Bible and resultant benefits thereof to our society. However it is a book that we often take ‘for granted’? and perhaps God is calling us to look deeper into what we already have, instead of searching for the original?

      Sincere apolgies for this delay in replying to your comment, God bless.

  21. Dr. Wallace, you mentioned in one of your youtube videos on ” reliability of the New Testament that; you were not sure that what they had back then may not be what we have today, then you mentioned 616 and prayer (and fasting). To me this is shocking, as I believe that God Almighty has kept His truth for us throughout all generations. If we could not know that he preserved His word for thousands of years then we have a God we cannot trust as he has left translation to a bunch of sinful men. That is precisely the problem with modern textual criticism. I have trusted God’s word since I was born again in 1971. I know you have too, but we agree to disagree on philosophy of textual criticism. Well, truth be known, I agree with the Reformers and Puritans from British Isles and Western Europe. Another point; you mentioned that those who used the KJV used only 11 MSS. That is not totally true as you well know. Keep up the good fight!!!

    Thank you,
    Richard Edwards

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