Friday, October 14, 2022

Textual Criticism: A Demanding But Not Impossible Field

After my workout at the gym this morning I returned to my farm office to work on my chapter for the post-conference book on textual criticism. 

There is nothing I love more than writing for a general audience and taking the deeper things of God and attempting to make them plain for everyday readers. The great A. T. Robertson once called the Greek New Testament "the Torchbearer of Light and Progress for the world." If this is true (and it is), then any light we can shed on the text of the New Testament ought to help us gain light from it. Textual criticism is an intricate and demanding field of study, but it is not an impossible field, even for beginners. The Bible was given to reveal truth, not obscure it. God surely intends that we understand it. Hence, understanding the Bible is vital because our doctrines of God, man, salvation, and future things (to name but four) rest on a correct hermeneutic. This is the method expounded in my essay. I hope to finish it this weekend, Lord willing.

Thanks for reading,