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Unholy Hands on the Bible: An Introduction to Textual Criticism [Hardcover]

By Dean J. Burgon (Author)
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Pages   672
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.34" Width: 6.36" Height: 1.55"
Weight:   2.37 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 1990
Publisher   Sovereign Grace Publishers
ISBN  1878442635  
EAN  9781878442635  

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What do you get when you buy this volume? You get all six of the Works of Dean John W. Burgon, which in effect gives you an excellent introduction to Textual Criticism in The Traditional Text of the New Testament.

In The Causes of the Corruption of the Traditional Text of the Gospels you will learn how the Gnostics, Manecheans, Ebionites, Ariams, and other heretics sought to halt the spread of Christianity by putting out corrupt manuscripts. Discover the motivation that caused the critics to elevate these adulterated manuscripts to a place of adoration. See for yourself the overwhelming evidence against the thousands of changes in the popular new versions that dilute the Scriptures.

The Last Twelve Verses According to the Gospel of Mark shows that over 2,000 manuscripts and as many Greek lectionaries contain these verses without any brackets or doubting footnotes. Did you know that except for the NKJV, MKJV, LITV, the nine other major new versions have bracketed the last 12 verses of Mark (or in a footnote indicated that they do not believe they are authentic). WHY? It's a mystery. There are only three (3) Greek manuscripts that do not have these verses. And in 200 pages of proofs, Burgon shows that those two are so edited at the place where these verses belong that anyone can see the scribes were looking at these verses in the older mss. they were copying. As Dr. Gordon H. Clark wrote, If a version brackets these verses, then you know that they are not going by the evidence.

The Revision Revised is a Critique of the English Revised Version of 1881, with additional applications to the Modern Translations. There is an excellent critique of the Westcott and Hort textualtheories.

Proof of the Genuineness of God Manifested in the Flesh contains an unanswered and unanswerable defense of 1 Timothy 3:16.

The Woman Taken In Adultery gives a defense of the authenticity of John 7:53-8:11.

Conflation and The 'Neutral' Text by Edward Miller, M.A. gives an additional critique of Dr. Hort's theories.

Get this volume, and arm yourself to fight for the God-breathed words that God has preserved for you that you might have life and faith. Every one of His words are precious. We need not give up thousands of them...

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Laymans Look  Dec 8, 2001
This is an excellent, comprehensive, scholarly, yet understandable study of the textual criticism issue of the Bible in general and the King James Version in
particular. This will greatly enhance your appreciation and respect for the Authorized Version and will make you realize that the so-called scholarly arguements against it are not scholarly at all. Read it if you dare.
Excellent defense of the Textus Receptus/ Majority Text  Aug 12, 2001
This volume was edited by Jay P. Green, and he has added some of his own material. But the bulk of the book is taken from the writings of Burgon (1813-1888).

Burgon was a stanch defender of the Textus Receptus (TR) against the then new text of Westcott and Hort (WH). Today's Majority Text (MT) is very similar to the TR and today's Critical Text (CT) to the WH text.

This volume actually contains several books by Burgon. The first book defends "The Traditional Text of the New Testament" against the new WH text.

The following quote summarizes his argument: "Does the truth of the Text of Scripture dwell with the vast multitude of copies, uncial and cursive, concerning which nothing is more remarkable than the MARVELOUS AGREEMENT which subsists between them? Or is it rather to be supposed that the truth abides exclusively with a very little handful of manuscripts, which at once differ from the great bulk of the manuscripts, and also differ widely among themselves?" (p.9).

He then lists and explains his "Seven Notes of Truth." They are: 1. Antiquity, or Primitiveness. 2. Consent of Witnesses, or Number. 3. Variety of Evidence, or Catholicity [i.e. geographical distribution]. 4. Respectability of Witnesses, or Weight. 5. Continuity, or Unbroken Tradition. 6. Evidence of the Entire passage, or Context. 7. Internal Considerations, or Reasonableness (UnHoly, Vol. I, p.15).

These Seven Notes of Truth are still followed today by MT scholars, such as Robinson and Pierpont, the producers of the Byzantine Majority Text. This writer used this Greek text when producing my Analytical-Literal Translation of the New Testament. So indirectly, Burgon had an influence on my translation work.

The second book looks at "The Cause of the Corruption of the Traditional Text of the Gospels." He then goes into detail on various accidental and intentional causes of corruption. He demonstrates why it is manuscripts like Aleph and Beta, which WH favored, which are more likely to have these corruptions than the Byzantine manuscripts underlining the TR.

Next he looks at "The Last Twelve Verses of the Gospel According to Mark." He explains why a few manuscripts more likely omitted this passage than that it was added to the bulk of manuscripts. He does the same with the story of "The Woman Taken in Adultery" (John 7:53-8:11).

He also looks at "The Revision Revised." This is "A Critique of the English Revised Version of 1881." Although the RV is no longer popular, most new versions still follow the ideas underlining it. So this book is still relevant today.

Then Burgon demonstrates the "Proof of the Genuineness of God Manifested on the Flesh." This is a detailed defense of the reading of "God" in the TR in 1Timonthy 3:16 rather than the WH text reading of "who." This variant is important as with "God" the verse demonstrates the deity of Christ, but with "who" this proof-text is lost.

Then comes a book on "The Secret Spanking of Westcott and Hort." This book demonstrates fallacies in the reasoning of WH. The volume then closes with a short book on "Conflation and the `Neutral' Text." In this book Burgon critiques Hort's textual transmission theory.

Overall, Burgon's writings are very in-depth. The amount of information in this book can be overwhelming, and it is rather difficult reading. So this volume is not for the person new to the subject. For such a person I would suggest my book Differences Between Bible Versions. It has an entire section on Greek text types, starting with a chapter titled "Introduction to Textual Criticism." So my book would be the place to begin, and Burgon's books in this volume would be the place to go for much greater detail.

A must!  Jul 14, 1999
In the past generation, every possible version of the Bible has surfaced....walking into a Christian book "store" (gift shop) has become an embarrassment...This series shows that there are still men who refuse to bow to the modern critics, and hold, as the Westminster says, that Providence has always kept His Word safe. Get all three volumes from Mr. Green!
Well thought out analysis of Textual Crisicsm  Mar 2, 1999
After reading both volumes I and II i have a much better understanding of how we have arived at all of the current translations. In these volumes you will find very well documented material that supports the Majority Text as opposed to the Nestle Arend or UBS Manuscripts. Also for those of use who truly believe that the bible is the inspired word of God you will find in volume II excelent illustrations of how the various translations treat the Cardinal tenents of the christian faith. If you are serious about learning Gods word you nead to read this book before you select a translation of the Holy Bible to read from. The only reason that i didn't give the books a 5 star review was because some of the material gets very technical and may not be readily absorbable by all readers. However it is quite worth going through the material despite its highly technical approach.

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