Jerusalem Blade's posts (a partial compilation)

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Jerusalem Blade

Puritan Board Professor
Dear Christian friends,

I’ve been looking for and collecting these for a while, and am posting them as I recently said I would, for the benefit of those who would like to see a mostly irenic and scholarly presentation of the TR / AV position. I say “mostly irenic” as in some of my earlier postings I was less irenic than now. Irenic does not mean I am softening my position, but rather softening my heart toward dear brothers and sisters who differ with me in textual matters. Hanging out with IFB folks for a while before coming here to PB, I appreciated their bare-knuckled approach to the matter. But here I came into contact with scholarly and godly opponents who protested my approach, as it was their conviction – based upon conscience and scholarship – that they did possess a “legitimate” Bible in the CT versions. I myself address this in the “adequate vs. minute preservation” discussions, and agree with them.

My mature (& present) attitude can be found in the OP of the “Responding to James White of AOMIN” thread. There is coming a time when all sectors of the true church will be afflicted and persecuted, even in the U.S., and we shall need that cement which holds the house of living stones firm and steady while in tribulation: that cement is genuine friendship. While the foundation is Christ in Scripture, and the pillars are sound doctrine in godly churches, friendship in Christ holds it all together – holds us all together.

Bitter souls (whatever side they are on) who indulge in stereotyping, inflammatory slanderous remarks, holding opponents in contempt, not only violate the grace our Lord commands us to show one another (as He sustains us by His undeserved grace), they reveal dire illness of the soul, channeling an infernal root of bitterness that indeed defiles many. Some boards allow such; I hope this board does not allow it to continue, for it has made its mark here (and I’m sorry to say I have participated to some extent in it; I would alter some words of mine, but the threads and posts are locked, and not to be changed). So when you may see harsh words I may have spoken, know that I have repented of this bad attitude.

If we ever find ourselves hidden in a house together, with evil posses outside hunting for us, I want to be known as a friend among friends, all of us in the presence of our mighty Captain, and not as a flaming-tongued disturber of the peace.

Our opponents will sufficiently try our views of Scripture. It is now to them I will give my attention, starting with Ehrman (I am procuring some of his books to study them).

I may add to this list, and I will also note here when I get my website (blog) up (not the PB blog). On my PB blog I will duplicate this post.

In Jesus’ mighty name,


Jerusalem Blade’s posts:

Answering Alan Kurschner of aomin thread

Hort on early Byz majority:

Borland essay; Lake, allegation Alexandrian text majority examined: ibid

W&H text not the same as CT/ET per White:

Responding to James White of AOMIN thread

Johannine Comma thread

Nolan on 1 John 5:7:

Minute vs. adequate preservation:

Pickering on the early history of the text:

Holland on 1 John 5:7:

Skepticism and doubt toward the Bible thread

KJV / Byz / TR Resources thread

A lot of material from others, on the internet and hard copy:

"Phantom Manuscripts"? thread

WCF 1.8 and CT thread

Extended quote of Letis on Warfield and WCF 1:8:


Burgon on Matt 5:22:

A summing up:

KJV-Only Versus Byzantine Superiority thread

Burgon on John 3:13:

Textual Manuscripts thread

Lane vs. Steve on Alexandrian/W&H (& Asa – Amon):

What is the authentic New Testament text? thread: (A partial list of contents in the OP)

Quoting Letis’ essay responding to D.A. Carson:

CONCERNING ERASMUS (Coats, Cloud, etc):

Letis / Borland on Asa and Amon (Matt 1:7, 10 ESV):

Kirsopp Lake, “It is hard to resist the conclusion that the scribes usually destroyed their exemplars when they had copied the sacred books.”:

Do Many Scholars Prefer the Majority Text? thread

Byz priority:

TTer gone CTer thread (many posts)

Warfield assertion countered by Lake:

History of the KJV and TR thread

Owen on variants (from Letis):

A History Of The Authorized Version thread

Extended discussion of the Septuagint starting at post #40:

Byzantine readings of Paul thread

Pickering and Robinson on “no early Byz mss”:

Do textual variants give us confidence? thread

Some posts on the OT text:

Verses omitted from the ESV thread

Extensive Nolan quote:

Linguistic Superiority between Geneva and KJV? thread

Links to “Easter” discussions in KJV:

Pascha in Acts 12:4 thread (re “Easter”) thread

Steve’s input starting in post #10:

Defending the Lord's Prayer 1 thread (Matt 6)

Defending the Lord's Prayer 2 thread (Luke 11)

On Gathering Intelligence and Evidence thread

Why do KJ Only types believe the Westcott and Hort manuscripts are bad? thread (my first post #14)

pierced/like a lion...need Hebrew help thread

NASB / ESV Revisions?? thread

THE ASCENDANCY OF THE CRITICAL TEXT thread (bare-knuckled poem)

On Enoch in Jude thread

Colossians 1:14 thread

Did Lazarus write the Gospel of John? thread (starting at post #18)

The Occult in the late 19th, early 20th centuries

Inspired in Teachings Only? thread

Biblical Preservation thread (RE: Tischendorf rescued [Codex Sinaiticus] from a waste basket)

Mark 16:12 thread

John 7:53-8:11 thread

King James Only Movement thread

Verbal Plenary Preservation thread

Discussion of Reformation texts:

Arians in power for 50 years in Greek empire:

Titus 2:13, 2 Peter 1:1, and Granville Sharp thread

Farstad & Hodges Vs. Robinson & Pierpont thread

The merits of the A.V. thread

On Bruce Metzger:
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Puritan Board Doctor
Nice work brother, thank you.

Just don't forget to knuckle up once in a while...


Puritan Board Junior
A very hearty "Thank you" not only for the posts themselves but for making the more accessible and organized.


Puritanboard Commissioner
Brother, you have singlehandedly gotten me to reconsider the teaching of my college and seminary profs on manuscripts. Your powerful arguments and irenic disposition has moved me off my bias in favor of the critical text due to its too-great reliance upon the Alexandrian manuscripts. I am not in your camp supporting the KJV/TR. However, you have given me a whole new respect for the Byzantine mss.

Thank you for your blessing to all of us!:pray2:

Jerusalem Blade

Puritan Board Professor
Thanks for your comments, friends!

I couldn't resist listing a few of the Baptism [and some miscellaneous] posts here also!

Baptism threads

John 1:12-13 & baptism revisited thread (A response to Dr. Bob)

This thread went to 7 pages!
Why I am now a Baptist thread (11 posts in all, starting with):

A couple of baptism questions thread (2 posts, starting with):


Israel has not been replaced by the church
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Puritan Board Junior
Having just left IFB, and having witnessed the 'battles' over the text issue become divisive and a matter of fellowship, I must thank you Elder Rafalsky for the irenic, scholarly tone your posts have taken. A tone such as this must be taken when discussing a topic that has many godly men on either side of it. That is the only way it is truly edifying. Having become used to a tone that had moved away from that of Burgon, Mauro, and Hills, it is refreshing to hear the case for the TR presented without the bombast. Thank you for the work in compiling these links.


Staff member

Thank you for your words in the OP. While I may differ with some of your conclusions, I am in unison with your irenic spirit.
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