Friday, June 24, 2011

An Illustration of Error-Creep in the NT and Recovering the Originals

Yesterday I posted about the transmission of the Bible. 

Some verses are "missing" in our modern translations (verses like Matthew 18:11 and Luke 17:36, for example).  Following is an example of how some verses came to be relegated to the footnotes.


ORIGINAL AUTOGRAPH
            The time for the dinner arrived, and so did Aaron.  Aaron knocked, and Jack the butler escorted Aaron into the dining hall where he was seated next to the archer and opposite the prophet.  Aaron wore a red shirt.
            Though they had not yet been introduced, the prophet pointed at Aaron and stated in a loud voice for all to hear, “This man will cause the suffering of many.”

COPIES                                                                                 
            Miscopied
                                                                                 explanatory note in margin
                        Aaron wore a red skirt….             Red is the symbol of royalty.

            Misheard
                        Aaron tore his red shirt….

ORIGINALS DISAPPEAR

MORE COPIES
            Aaron wore a red skirt.  Red is the symbol of royalty.
[The explanatory note has become a part of the Scripture in a later copy.]

OLDER COPIES DISAPPEAR; NEW COPIES ARE PRIZED

VERSE NUMBERS ARE ADDED (MID-1500s)
            8The time for the dinner arrived, and so did Aaron.  9Aaron knocked, and Jack the butler escorted Aaron into the dining hall where he was seated next to the archer and opposite the prophet.  Aaron wore his red skirt.  10Red is the symbol of royalty.
            11Though they had not yet been introduced, the prophet pointed at Aaron and stated in a loud voice for all to hear, “This man will cause the suffering of many.”

OLDER COPIES ARE DISCOVERED
            The time for the dinner arrived, and so did Aaron.  Aaron knocked, and Jack the butler escorted Aaron into the dining hall where he was seated next to the archer and opposite the prophet.  Aaron wore a red shirt.
            Though they had not yet been introduced, the prophet pointed at Aaron and stated in a loud voice for all to hear, “This man will cause the suffering of many.”

THOUGHT TO BE MORE RELIABLE
            8The time for the dinner arrived, and so did Aaron.  9Aaron knocked, and Jack the butler escorted Aaron into the dining hall where he was seated next to the archer and opposite the prophet.  Aaron wore a red shirt.a
            11Though they had not yet been introduced, the prophet pointed at Aaron and stated in a loud voice for all to hear, “This man will cause the suffering of many.”


a Some manuscripts red skirt.  10Red is the symbol of royalty.

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