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George Somsel | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 30 2009 7:46 AM

Ken Avery:
 It is interesting that Ha Satan quoted the Bible; Jesus, corrected him because he misrepresented the information. Notice, Ha Satan did not lie; in other words you can be telling the truth; though, not tell the whole story, giving a fasle representation of the truth. For this I will not contend with what you have said; though, I will note that it is not obvious that the entire story is being told; thus, it is not apperant that the truth is being represented in its proper context.

You will need to do better than that.  You are attempting to dismiss my statements without actually showing that any are in error or missleading by being incomplete.  Unless you can produce evidence, your comparison of my statements to those of Satan are reprehensible.

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Pastor Michael Huffman | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 30 2009 7:50 AM

Ken Avery:

The statement about the AV/KJV lacks some detail; the fact that you have not found doctrinal errors is very interesting. When you say we have many older texts you are correct and the majority, no pun intended, of them agree with the TR; as a matter of fact, they are variants of the TR based on a common text. If you study the actual variances you will soon learn there are approximately 1,000, very minor, differences between the texts. The TR that was used for the KJV was the culmination of generations of people working and dying to preserve the most accurate version of the majority of the texts; mostly correcting minor scribal errors.

 

Hey Ken,

Thanks for the comment. However, much of what you said is historically incorrect. That is the musing of Riplinger, Ruckamn and Cloud. The TR, historically, were the beginning work of one man, Erasmus. In fact, when he did the TR, he didnt even have The Revelation. He had to translate that back from the Latin. What I said lacked detail simply because of space, I dont want to write a book here. I will submit to to you that there are alot more than 1,000 variants, since no Greek text would agree with each other 100%. But when people speak about the TR being the most accurate, I ask them "which one." And when I get the raised eyebrows, i tell them that there are about 100 different TR texts and none of them agree 100%. That is why we take the majority of the readings, in context, and a true textual critic will consult all of the 5,000 text and get the true reading, bringing all of the text into view. I have also challenged people who tell that there are doctrinal variants between the TR and the CT that are unexplained and they have not been able to do so. Thanks for sharing on this thread, I appreciate your comments very much.

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Ken Avery | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 30 2009 8:01 AM

Matthew C Jones:

Ken just gave you his rationale for why the TR is the better manuscript than the CT. Ken also gave his opinion as to why a Calvinist would reject NKJV - "if you are Calvin then the TR represents your belief better than the CT."
George, a Calvinist, has strongly criticized the TR and defended the CT manuscripts in these forums. So not all Calvinists would agree with Ken.

 

I was only referring to one Calvinist; that would be, Calvin Wink

It is not obvious that everyone has read the commentaries written by the people living at the time who inject their personal opinions about the changes; for example, Clark, Barnes, Gill and Wesley to name a few.

Interesting that Calvin, used variants of the TR and then his successor Theodore Beza produced the text that was used by the KJV translators. You say, he didn't have a better text; actually, a version was available; as a matter of fact, when the Catholic scribes were producing what became the TR they completely ignored the Greek texts used for the Critical Text.

Calvin had a direct influence on the KJV thru his succesor Beza.

God bless you and keep you,
Ken

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Ken Avery | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 30 2009 8:18 AM

Michael Huffman:

Hey Ken,

Thanks for the comment. However, much of what you said is historically incorrect. That is the musing of Riplinger, Ruckamn and Cloud. The TR, historically, were the beginning work of one man, Erasmus. In fact, when he did the TR, he didnt even have The Revelation. He had to translate that back from the Latin. What I said lacked detail simply because of space, I dont want to write a book here. I will submit to to you that there are alot more than 1,000 variants, since no Greek text would agree with each other 100%. But when people speak about the TR being the most accurate, I ask them "which one." And when I get the raised eyebrows, i tell them that there are about 100 different TR texts and none of them agree 100%. That is why we take the majority of the readings, in context, and a true textual critic will consult all of the 5,000 text and get the true reading, bringing all of the text into view. I have also challenged people who tell that there are doctrinal variants between the TR and the CT that are unexplained and they have not been able to do so. Thanks for sharing on this thread, I appreciate your comments very much.

As I understand it, the starting text is Erasmus compilation of the texts that were considered correct. As we know there were multiple texts with scribal errors; the texts that followed were based off of the same texts that were considered correct.

 The RT was produced by men who had the fear of God in them and spent their entire life examining the texts to produce the best possible Greek text. If you want to sort thru the details there is a great web site that is full of valuable information; it probably will not change your mind; though, it might fill in the details that are so often overlooked.

http://www.bible-researcher.com/index.html

God bless you and keep you,
Ken

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Ken Avery | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 30 2009 8:28 AM

George Somsel:

Ken Avery:
 It is interesting that Ha Satan quoted the Bible; Jesus, corrected him because he misrepresented the information. Notice, Ha Satan did not lie; in other words you can be telling the truth; though, not tell the whole story, giving a fasle representation of the truth. For this I will not contend with what you have said; though, I will note that it is not obvious that the entire story is being told; thus, it is not apperant that the truth is being represented in its proper context.

You will need to do better than that.  You are attempting to dismiss my statements without actually showing that any are in error or missleading by being incomplete.  Unless you can produce evidence, your comparison of my statements to those of Satan are reprehensible.

I was only pointing out my own personal opinion that I do not believe your depiction is accurate; though, I do believe it is the truth. As far as Ha Satan goes; I was not calling you Ha Satan, I was giving an example of how truth can be used to deceive. Am I accusing you of purposefully being deceptive with the truth, no. I am saying that what you have represented is not the entire story; in my opinion, it is not reprehensive of the complete story.

God bless you and keep you,
Ken

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Pastor Michael Huffman | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 30 2009 8:29 AM

Hey Ken,

Again I ask which of the 100 TR's is the most accurate? All of which have variants with each other. Many people live with the dissolution that the TR was the inspired text, but it was not. I was a product of preservation, having not been done until the 16th century. However, I am not saying that it is a bad text. It is a very good text. It is not the only good text. Just like the KJV is a good translation, but it is not the only good one. But it does have variants. Check out the King James Only Controversy by James White. www.aomin.org

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Clinton Thomas | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 30 2009 8:31 AM

Michael Huffman:
The TR, historically, were the beginning work of one man, Erasmus. In fact, when he did the TR, he didnt even have The Revelation. He had to translate that back from the Latin.

I am pretty sure it was just the last six verses of Rev 22, not all of The Revelation. I found this quote:

Erika Rummel, Erasmus' Annotations on the New Testament: From Philologist to Theologian (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1986), 93. It is claimed that Erasmus openly declares in the Annotations of his 1516 edition (page 675) that he "ex nostris Latinis supplevimus Graeca" (supplied the Greek from the Latin). Thus the claim that last six verses of Revelation chapter twenty-two were retranslated from the Vulgate into Greek. However, the reprint of the 1516 edition of Erasmus does not contain this phrase on page 675 of his Annotations, which is the conclusion of his notes on the book of Revelation. Nor is such a phrase found elsewhere in that edition.

 

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Ken Avery | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 30 2009 8:33 AM

George Somsel:

Ken Avery:
When you say we have many older texts you are correct and the majority, no pun intended, of them agree with the TR; as a matter of fact, they are variants of the TR based on a common text.

No, they are not variants of the TR even though you qualify it as "based on a common text."  The TR and Byz Maj and other individual texts such as Alexandrinus, Vaticanus and Alexandrinus are variants of a common text.  It is not that the others are variants of the TR.  It seems that this statement is a backdoor attempt to establish the TR as the base.

 

Have it your way; I will word it differently:

The TR is based off of a common set of texts that disagree with the commonalities of the Vaticanus and Alexadrinus texts.

Is that better Big Smile

God bless you and keep you,
Ken

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Ken Avery | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 30 2009 8:47 AM

Michael Huffman:

Hey Ken,

Again I ask which of the 100 TR's is the most accurate? All of which have variants with each other. Many people live with the dissolution that the TR was the inspired text, but it was not. I was a product of preservation, having not been done until the 16th century. However, I am not saying that it is a bad text. It is a very good text. It is not the only good text. Just like the KJV is a good translation, but it is not the only good one. But it does have variants. Check out the King James Only Controversy by James White. www.aomin.org

Erasmus's->Estienne->Beza; it is important to look at which edition the TR is based on.

This is why I use the same Bible the early Christians used; it is called the Old Testament Wink

God bless you and keep you,
Ken

 

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Pastor Michael Huffman | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 30 2009 8:58 AM

Ken Avery:
it is important to look at which edition the TR is based on.

 

I realize this, but you still did not answer the question. Or maybe I am misunderstanding you. When people tell me that the TR is the best text, I ask "which one of the 100?".

Michael

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Ken Avery | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 30 2009 9:04 AM

Michael Huffman:
I realize this, but you still did not answer the question. Or maybe I am misunderstanding you. When people tell me that the TR is the best text, I ask "which one of the 100?".

Sorry, I must not have made it clear: Erasmus's->Estienne->Beza

God bless you and keep you,
Ken

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Pastor Michael Huffman | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 30 2009 10:21 AM

Ken Avery:

Sorry, I must not have made it clear: Erasmus's->Estienne->Beza

 

What about Elivzar, Stephen, Shcrivers, Etc. They also have TR's that differ in some areas to Erasmus.

 

Michael

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George Somsel | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 30 2009 10:49 AM

Ken Avery:
As I understand it, the starting text is Erasmus compilation of the texts that were considered correct.

Not correct.  Erasmus compiled his Grk NT from the manuscripts he had available.  Alexandrinus, Vaticanus and Sinaiticus plus many, many others were not available.  Also, the science of textual criticism had not yet been developed so the tendency was to choose those texts which seemed to lie behind the Vulgate.

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George Somsel | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 30 2009 10:56 AM

Ken Avery:
I was only pointing out my own personal opinion that I do not believe your depiction is accurate;

That is not good enough.  Your opinion or my opinion does not matter.  It does not matter whether we afre "comfortable" with a position.  What matters is whether it is correct.  You really should get some books on textual criticism and educate yourself in the field if you intend to continue to make statements regarding it.  Logos has a collection on textual criticism you might consider.  Also, you would do well to avoid comparing someone to Satan when you are discussing his position. 

You have a different first name, but you remind me of another Avery who knew no Greek or Hebrew but who was a steadfast defender of the AV and the TR.  I had not intended to mention his name, but are you related?

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George Somsel | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 30 2009 11:01 AM

Ken Avery:
When you say we have many older texts you are correct and the majority, no pun intended, of them agree with the TR; as a matter of fact, they are variants of the TR based on a common text. If

Wrong again.  The TR is itself a variant.  It was the product of many copies of many earlier manuscripts with errors being introduced at each stage.  If you have ever attempted to copy a manuscript (other than as a zerox), you will know the difficulty that one incurs in attempting to avoid making errors.

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Pastor Michael Huffman | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 30 2009 11:05 AM

George Somsel:
Not correct.  Erasmus compiled his Grk NT from the manuscripts he had available.  Alexandrinus, Vaticanus and Sinaiticus plus many, many others were not available.  Also, the science of textual criticism had not yet been developed so the tendency was to choose those texts which seemed to lie behind the Vulgate

 

Good explanation, George. Which is one of the reasons why the other translations have been considered closer to the original, because of the discovery of so many other text and the ability to get to the heart of the inspired word.

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Ted Hans | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 30 2009 11:17 AM

Ken Avery:

Ted,

You have asked this question several times and I believe you deserve a strait answer; the answer Mr. Jones gave is not that.

It is much more fundamental; the AV is based on the Textus Receptus (TR) Greek and the modern versions are based on the Critical Text (CT). The TR is the Greek version of the NT that was passed down from generation to generation and preserved even if ones life was dependendent on preserving the Greek Text. The Critical Text is based on Greek Texts that were rejected because they came out of the Arian controversy; if you are Calvin then the TR represents your belief better than the CT which was rejected by the Church Fathers and attempts to produced Greek texts that reflect a more Arian view.

This being the case, your NKJV is not based on the TR; thus, it would not be consider AV.

I hope this helps.

God bless you and keep you,
Ken

Thank you very much, this helps me understand the issue more. I thought the NKJV was based on the Texus Receptus, after reading up on the subject i could not understand what  was the disagreement with the NKJV. I wanted to check my findings with someone who was sympathetic to the AV only position, so i turned to the forum.

I know it is strange asking questions of this nature in a forum b/cos some assume that, you what to fight and debate about the issue. But i can assure you, that was not my intention i just could not figure out what the issue was. My Logos Library did not help either!

Thanks again for the info & throwing light on the subject for me.

Kind Regards,

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Ted Hans | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 30 2009 11:30 AM

George Somsel:
I think the NKJV is also based on the the TR which is one reason I would never use it.

Hi George, any proof that the NKJV is based on the TR? I am happy with my NKJV,AV,NASB,ESV & many more literal translations. I do not want to start a war here, i just want to get the right info. Thanks

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Ken Avery | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 30 2009 11:33 AM

Ted Hans:

I know it is strange asking questions of this nature in a forum b/cos some assume that, you what to fight and debate about the issue. But i can assure you, that was not my intention i just could not figure out what the issue was. My Logos Library did not help either!

Thanks again for the info & throwing light on the subject for me.

Kind Regards,

Ted. 

Your welcome Big Smile

We are in agreement; the fight is easy to find and I really do not wish to script an argument that can easily be researched.

God bless you and keep you,
Ken

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Jim Dean | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 30 2009 11:46 AM

If anyone would like to get horse's-mouth info re what the NKJV translation is based on, I suggest you get a hardcopy from a bookstore and check out the Preface.  It may not be very detailed, but at least it does make it fairly clear what relation it bears to some flavor or other of the TR.  Also note - one of the things I like about the format of the NKJV - it includes as a part of the translator's efforts a relatively extensive set of brief but interesting annotations as to other sources considered and/or alternate readings, in the side margins - not a function of whatever study-bible-author's notes might be included.  This is a big plus, in my opinion, for the hardcopy edition.

In fact, this investigative method has always been my starting point when considering a new translation - I read thru the Preface very carefully.  What they DON'T say is often as revealing (suppositionally) as what they DO say.

I was somewhat disappointed to learn (just now) that the NKJV provided with Libronix does not include access to that Preface.  Nor does it include the Preface for the ESV or NASB or NIV or HCSB.  Does anyone know how to access that text within Libronix?  I own all the hardcopies - that's where I've gotten info in the past.

FWIW, I feel sort of cheated ... I bought those licenses, and that text IS a part of the copyrighted document. 

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