"He Being Dead Yet Speaketh"

Before he went to be with the Lord in 1985, Gordon H. Clark wrote an excellent and erudite little essay on textual criticism and Bible translation ("Logical Criticisms of Textual Criticism"). He concluded his essay with this paragraph on page 49:

"Awaiting them (i.e., history's final scenes) we conclude that the type of criticism underlying the Revised Standard Version, the New American Standard, and other versions is inconsistent with its own stated criteria, inconsistent in its results, and inconsistent with the objective evidence. Its method is that of unsupported aesthetic speculation. If we want to get closer to the very words of God, we must pay attention to Hodges, Farstad, Pickering, and The New King James Version."

I agree with Dr. Clark.

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My time at BJU and Greenville Presbyterian showed me that the last word has not been said in textual criticism. At BJU, the profs were primarily eclectic, with some sympathies in the majority direction. GPTS is the opposite. I wish that there were more evangelicals seriously studying the field. A lack of general awareness of text criticism among evangelical NT PhDs has definitely not helped resolve the outstanding issues. I can't say I've found Hodges or Pickering very persuasive; I have a hard time following the particulars of how they move from doctrine to text criticism. I appreciate Harry Sturz and Dan Wallace. In particular, I think Wallace's Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts is going to raise the discussion of text criticism to a new level.

Here is an interview with Dan Wallace: http://evangelicaltextualcriticism.blogspot.com/2006/03/interview-with-d...

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