Saturday, August 23, 2014
WM # 25: Review: Wretched Interview with James White
I posted a new edition of Word Magazine (# 25) today. This episode offers a review of this youtube video from Wretched Radio in which host Todd Friel interviews RB apologist James White of issues related to text and translation of Scripture.
I took exception to several things in the video including:
1. Confusing a concern for the traditional text of Scripture with KJV-Onlyism.
2. Undermining the traditional text by disparaging Erasmus' printed edition of the Greek New Testament (1516), including charges that the edition was riddled with errors because Erasmus rushed the work into print to beat Cardinal Ximenes' Complutensian Polyglott to the market and that the ending of Revelation (the last 5 or 6 verses) is filled with "bizarre" readings.
3. The implication that the so-called Comma Johanneum (in 1 John 5:7-8) in the TR lacks ancient attestation.
4. The implication that support for the traditional text is rooted merely in threadbare traditionalism.
Here also are some links to resources mentioned in the podcast:
a. My blogpost (tract): A Brief Guide to Bible Translations.
b. Google Books entry for Anne Reeve, Ed., Erasmus' Annotations on the New Testament: The Gospels (London: Duckworth, 1986).
c. Franz Delitzsch's Handschriftliche Funde (Leipzig, 1861).