Concordia Theological Monthly

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new testament, greek, nestle, mutilate, westcott

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


An outstanding feature of the Revised Standard Version of the Holy Bible is the acknowledged and undeniable fact that its New Testament is based on a much better text than was available to the King James translators in 1607-1611 or to Luther in 1522-1545. The R. S. V. New Testament is essentially a translation of the Greek New Testament used in our colleges and seminaries for the past half century, whether it be the world-renowned edition of Nestle, or that of Westcott and Hort, or, still earlier, that of Tischendorf. Thus the R. S. V. provides pastors with an English New Testament text which is in agreement with their own Greek New Testaments, which they have worked with and studied in the seminaries and still use in their studies and preparations. Many of our laymen are perhaps not aware of underlying differences in the manuscripts of the Greek New Testament text, and thus may be inclined to regard certain K. J. V.-R. S. V. differences as grievous faults. Their distrust of R. S. V. will only increase when well-meaning but uninformed persons point out to them these differences and suggest that the R. S. V. is here guilty of mutilating and corrupting God's Word.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Acts 8:37; Colossians 1:14; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:20; Ephesians 2:13; Romans 3:25; Romans 5:9; Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 1:18-19; 1 John 1:7; Hebrews 9:12-14; Hebrews 13:20; Revelation 5:9; Matthew 16:16; John 1:49; John 6:69; John 11:27; John 1:1; Hebrews 1:1; Acts 8:37;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars