Jerusalem Blade's textual posts updated June 2022

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Jerusalem Blade

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Jerusalem Blade's textual posts (a partial compilation) updated June 2022


Jerusalem Blade's textual posts (a partial compilation) updated June 2022
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[I am reposting this now as changes in our website settings and operating systems have made “dead” a lot of earlier links referring folks to informative and scholarly posts and threads, and I was asked recently if I would fix this.]

Also, at age 80 now in June of 2022, I realize I am nearing the end of my course, and wanted to preserve writings of mine on textual matters, as I have not written on this topic in book form, but only here in PuritanBoard discussions – since 2006.

I’ve been looking for and collecting these for a while, and am posting them as I 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 in 2006, 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 agree with them and address this in the “adequate vs. minute preservation” discussions.

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 in the Spirit of Christ. 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; this board now does not allow it. I regret having spoken harshly in the past, so if you see words that are not irenic in much earlier posts (I have been on PB since 2006) please forgive me – I cannot edit and change early posts.

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.

In our Lord’s name,

Steve

Jerusalem Blade’s posts: [click on spoiler to see]


What do you think of the NKJV? [March-April 2022]
https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/what-do-you-think-of-the-NKJV.108293/page-5#post-1307339

Only two posts in this long thread, just to defend the AV’s reading of “righteousness of the saints” in Revelation 19:8.

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Traditional Text Interaction between Christian McSchaffrey, Brett Mahlen, and James White [March 2022]

18 posts of mine altogether, a lot on presuppositions in my (and others’) views of providential preservation. Starting on post #45.

In post 137 (and following), a defense of 1 John 5:7, apart from the Greek.

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Slightly Imperfect Bibles? [Oct-Dec 2021]

21 posts of mine here, starting with this basic overview at post #28. The thread then explores the “very nuanced topic with fine distinctions” of what “kept pure in all ages” means, and our differing views, all in an irenic discussion – rare for this topic!

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Bible Translation Sales Rankings (June, 2021) [Aug 2021]

A defense of my statement in post #97, “now in 2021, that it appears Rome's assault against the Protestant Reformation's Sola Scriptura was successful, seeing as the variants they introduced – and continue to introduce – have taken the field. In the minds of so many – Presbyterian and Reformed included – the authority of a preserved and intact word of the LORD, is a myth (or wishful thinking) of the past.”

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Psalm 22:16 - Corruption of the Massoretic Text? [Aug 2021]

Two posts of mine in this short thread.

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Jehovah or Yehovah vs. Yahweh [Dec 2020]

Extended discussion, initially based on the Reformed Confessions (and later, metric psalms) use of the name Jehovah. A visiting pastor from the UK, Douglas Somerset, defended it with the Hebrew.

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Richard Muller's PRRD as a defense for TR-Onlyism [2020]

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Theological Idioms in the Bible [April 2020]

Is “God forbid” an erroneous translation? Proof it is not! (See my posts #13 & #22)

Interesting related site: http://www.kjvtoday.com/home/god-forbid-or-may-it-not-be-in-romans-34-et-al

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Verses that prove providential preservation of TR tradition? [2019]

I didn’t enter the discussion until post #125; but then 25 posts altogether in this long thread.

Regarding the phrase “the phrase in the WCF at 1.8, “ ‘kept pure in all ages’ ”, see post #161

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MT, LXX and Dead Sea Scrolls [2019]

Two posts of mine here, starting in #67

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The Flood, 3000 BC or before. [2019]

Weird stuff. Four posts of mine, starting in #38.

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Review of Burgon’s Revision Revised [2018]

Defending Burgon’s work, and then some (28 posts of mine all told)
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Recommendations to Understand the KJV love. [2018]
https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/recommendations-to-understand-the-KJV-love.94678/

Plus a defense of Revelation 22:19’s “book of life” in post 26 (apart from Holland’s) – 7 posts of mine
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So many KJV Arguments [2018]
https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/so-many-KJV-arguments.94744/

General discussion of the AV and textual criticism – 14 posts of mine

Rome’s hand against Sola Scriptura today : post 10

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Ecclesiastical Text — Response to James White [August 2015]
https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/ecclesiastical-text-—-response-to-james-white.87309/

A Majority Text pastor interacting with James White on a Youtube video, and I—starting in posts #45 & 46—also interacting with some of James' statements concerning the AV / TR, continuing the responses in posts #76 and down. James had said, “[Rev 16:5, Luke 2:22], Eph 1:18, Eph 3:9, 2 Tim 2:19. These are places the TR reading is basically indefensible.” So I defend them. Starting in post #45 https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/ecclesiastical-text-—-response-to-james-white.87309/page-2#post-1082566

Also 1 John 5:7: https://www.puritanboard.com/thread...onse-to-james-white.87309/page-4#post-1084315

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Answering Alan Kurschner of aomin thread [Sept 2007]

Hort on early Byz majority: Post # 9

Borland essay, post 13, and esp post 19; Lake, allegation Alexandrian text majority examined: see post 23 and elsewhere

W&H text not the same as CT/ET per White: post 10

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Responding to James White of AOMIN thread [Feb 2009]

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Johannine Comma thread [Sept 2008]

Nolan on : post 35
Minute vs. adequate preservation : post 64

Pickering on the early history of the text : post 65

Holland on : post 68

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Skepticism and doubt toward the Bible thread [Aug 2009]

An expose – and defence – of the failure of textual criticism

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Verse differences [Sept 2014]

(25 posts of mine in thread, starting in post #7); partly on Erasmus and his place in the process of preservation, partly on his spiritual status, then further on who is faithful to the Reformation in their views? Free-wheeling.

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How did the Bible come to be? [March 2014]

A simple, basic explanation, starting in post 5.

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Letis on Inerrancy, and Warfield [Dec 2013]

Dr. Theodore Letis' essay, "B.B. Warfield, Common-Sense Philosophy and Biblical Criticism" (on Scribd). [The essays of Letis I post on Scribd I have done with the publisher’s permission, or recommendation.]

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Theodore Beza as Text Critic, by Ted Letis

Two scanned essays (on Scribd): Dr. Ted Letis, “Theodore Beza as Text Critic: A View Into the Sixteenth Century Approach to New Testament Text Criticism”, from Letis’ book, The Majority Text: Essays and Reviews in the Continuing Debate

and, (almost entire) "Theodore P. Letis on John Owen Versus Brian Walton: A Reformed Response to the Birth of Text Criticism"

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By Dr. / Rev. Paul Ferguson: The historic views of the Church concerning Preservation, Paul F.doc
[post 93 with download link] https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/KJV-vs-NKJV.81000/page-4#post-1021126

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This KJVO article has ruined the ESV for me :-( thread

7 posts in this thread starting here: post 72

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LXX Discussion thread [2009]

Many issues concerning the Septuagint.

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Do NT authors quote the LXX? thread [2009]

Further consideration of Septuagint issues.

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On 1 Samuel 13:1, Will Kinney’s method (defense of), my views on textual stuff, etc. [2010]
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Problems with the modern text-critical approach and the ESV [2010]

I really tried to stay out of this fray, being so busy, but entered it to defend the Bible I and others hold so dear – and ended up with 14 posts in it, starting here (post 74). Note, the links in #74 often fail due to PB website reformatting.

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KJV vs. NKJV

(20 posts all told; first post in #7, but then from #65 on)

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KJV / Byz / TR Resources thread Part 1

https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/KJV-byz-tr-resources-renewed-parts-1-2.103810/

KJV / Byz / TR Resources Part 2

https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/KJV-byz-tr-resources-renewed-parts-1-2.103810/#post-1257793

The above links contains many resources, online and hardcopy. I want to stress: online resources sometimes go defunct. Download as much as you are able while they exist. For example, Will Kinney's superb KJV Articles page has moved: Will Kinney's new website. These studies are not "expendable", but essential. Download the lot while you can!

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Hebrew Vowel Points in Question thread

(My posts are #22 and #24)

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"Phantom Manuscripts"? thread


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WCF and CT thread

Extended quote of Letis on Warfield and WCF : https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/wcf-1-8-and-ct.40915/page-5#post-509179

and https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/wcf-1-8-and-ct.40915/page-6#post-510367

and: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/wcf-1-8-and-ct.40915/page-5#post-509179

Burgon on : https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/wcf-1-8-and-ct.40915/page-6#post-509871


A summing up: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/wcf-1-8-and-ct.40915/page-10#post-513835

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KJV-Only Versus Byzantine Superiority thread

Burgon on : https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/KJV-only-versus-byzantine-superiority.20221/page-4#post-270927

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Textual Manuscripts thread

Lane vs. Steve on Alexandrian/W&H: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/textual-manuscripts.27898/page-2#post-340616

& Asa – Amon: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/textual-manuscripts.27898/page-2#post-340607

(Further from James A. Borland on Asa and Amon: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/textual-manuscripts.27898/page-2#post-340609)

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


Quoting Letis’ essay responding to D.A. Carson (post #31): https://www.puritanboard.com/thread...c-new-testament-text.15134/page-2#post-199947

CONCERNING ERASMUS (Coats, Cloud, etc), post #27: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/what-is-the-authentic-new-testament-text.15134/#post-196909

Letis / Borland on Asa and Amon (Matt 1:7, 10 ESV): https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/what-is-the-authentic-new-testament-text.15134/#post-197418

Kirsopp Lake, “It is hard to resist the conclusion that the scribes usually destroyed their exemplars when they had copied the sacred books.”: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/what-is-the-authentic-new-testament-text.15134/#post-198366

From Dr. Peter Van Kleeck's essay, "The Genius of Ambiguity", on the authenticity of the AV's rendering of Psalm 12:7 , https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/what-is-the-authentic-new-testament-text.15134/#post-196640

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Do Many Scholars Prefer the Majority Text? thread

Byz priority: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/do-many-scholars-prefer-the-majority-text.24589/#post-302411 ff.

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TTer gone CTer thread (many posts)

Warfield assertion countered by Lake: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/tter-gone-cter.16956/page-2#post-219226

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History of the KJV and TR thread

Owen on variants (from Letis): https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/history-of-KJV-and-tr.19376/page-3#post-243016

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A History Of The Authorized Version thread

Extended discussion of the Septuagint starting at post #40: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/a-history-of-the-authorized-version.31573/page-2#post-389900

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Beelzebub or Beelzebul? thread (see post #9 ff.)

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Byzantine readings of Paul thread

https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/byzantine-readings-of-Paul.32992/

Pickering and Robinson on “no early Byz mss”: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/byzantine-readings-of-Paul.32992/#post-409938

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Do textual variants give us confidence? thread

Some posts on the OT text: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/do-textual-variants-give-us-confidence.22188/page-2#post-278389

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Verses omitted from the ESV thread

Extensive Nolan quote on 1 John 5:7:

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Linguistic Superiority between Geneva and KJV? thread

Links to “Easter” discussions in KJV: https://www.puritanboard.com/thread...ity-between-geneva-and-KJV.28275/#post-343707

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2015 thread on Easter

Steve starting in post #9: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/easter-in-acts-12-4-av-is-it-justifiable.87452/#post-1083686
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Pascha in thread (re “Easter”) thread

Steve’s input starting in post #10: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/pascha-in-acts-12-4.46832/#post-594643

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


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


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On Gathering Intelligence and Evidence thread

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


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


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NASB / ESV Revisions?? thread

https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/NASB-esv-revisions.14297/page-2#post-207878

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


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On Enoch in Jude thread


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Colossians 1:14 thread


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


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


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Inspired in Teachings Only? thread


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

https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/biblical-preservation.17739/#post-223739 ff.

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Mark 16:12 thread

https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/mark-16-12.20445/#post-263480 (RSC was the more gracious brother, and I the less, in this exchange)

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John 7:53-8:11 thread


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King James Only Movement thread

In post #59 of the thread here is a link that was “dead” there: https://www.puritanboard.com/thread...-19th-early-20th-centuries.34386/#post-426469

See also post #61: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/king-james-only-movement.36217/page-3#post-452874

Posts #64 and #65 (not mine) are also important. Informative thread.

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Verbal Plenary Preservation thread

Good discussion of Reformation texts

Arians in power for 50 years in Greek empire:

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

https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/titus-2-13-2-Peter-1-1-and-granville-sharp.18634/

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Farstad & Hodges Vs. Robinson & Pierpont thread


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The merits of the A.V. thread

On Bruce Metzger: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/the-merits-of-the-a-v.16705/#post-214595

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AV Theology Compared to Modern Versions thread

Dr. Vance Smith (Unitarian) on the 1881 Revisers effect on doctrines of the NT (see post #45) https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/av-theology-compared-to-modern-versions.19437/

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KJV Acts 22:28... this FREEDOM? thread

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Only Perfect Translation? thread

I joined this discussion at post #45. https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/only-perfect-translation.70942/page-2#post-911881

Some topics herein discussed in “Problems with the modern text-critical approach and the ESV” thread above, starting at post #74 (‘cause the link to it in this thread is dead)
 
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