Conversations for the Young; Designed to Promote the Profitable Reading of the Holy Scriptures

Conversations for the Young; Designed to Promote the Profitable Reading of the Holy Scriptures

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1832 edition. Excerpt: ...transcribed from still older manuscripts, as those were from the originals themselves. A. But I have heard of a great number of " various readings;" that is, as I understand it, verbal and other differences between these manuscripts of the books of the New Testament, produced by the mistakes of transcribers, or from a difference in the copies. How does this circumstance affect the received text? B. The various readings do not in any degree affect the credit and integrity of the text; the general uniformity of which, in so many copies, scattered through almost all countries in the known world, and in so great a variety of languages, is truly astonishing; and demonstrates the veneration in which the Scriptures were held, and the great care which was taken in transcribing them. Of the hundred and fifty thousand various readings, which have been discovered by the care and diligence of those who have compared numerous manuscripts with one another, not a hundredth part make any perceptible, or, at least, any material, variation in the sense. The reason they are so numerous is, that every the minutest deviation has been noted; as, the insertion or omission of an article, the substitution of a word for its equivalent, the transposition of the place of a word, and even variations in orthography. Where the sense is at all affected by a different reading, it is generally of little importance which reading is adopted; as, to give one instance, whether we read, " Paul, the servant," or "Paul, the prisoner, of Jesus Christ." In the very few instances which affect any important doctrine, the doctrine does not rest alone upon them; but is found in many other passages, about which there is no doubt. A. There are, I presume, various...show more

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  • Paperback | 104 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 200g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123649847X
  • 9781236498472