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INTRODUCTION TO KING JAMES BIBLE APOLOGETICS

 

 Dr. Mike Johnston, Editor

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INTRODUCTION TO KING JAMES BIBLE APOLOGETICS

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COLLATERAL READING

ASSIGNMENT FOR PMI STUDENTS

 

Collateral reading and reporting is part of your required coursework. When summarizing material, refrain from opining or you will have to redo your assignments. I am not interested in your opinion; I want to see how well you can read, analyze, and then communicate the material- as it is presented- in writing.

 

  • Read and explain (don’t opine) each of the following sections in about 100 words each.
  • Prepare a final 300-500 word report entitled: My Defense of the King James Bible

THE BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD.. 4

FACTS ABOUT THE MANUSCRIPTS. 7

BIBLE VERSIONS. 11

WHY THE KING JAMES BIBLE. 15

FACTS AND FABLES ABOUT  THE KING JAMES BIBLE. 20

A TRIBUTE TO MY KING JAMES BIBLE. 24

KING JAMES ONLY. 26

 

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EDITOR’S NEEDED

 

I need your help editing this booklet. Please send me a list of any imperfections in the text and footnotes including typos, misquoted Scripture references, or any layout problems you think needs to be corrected. Your service to the Lord in this capacity will allow us to make the proper corrections for future students that will greatly benefit from your help. Thank you. Dr. Mike 2 Tim 2:2

 

THE BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD

(Inerrant, Infallible, Inspired)

Scripture paints a drab picture of those living in the Last Days: I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables (2 Timothy 4:1-4).

Using Paul’s inspired writing as our backdrop let me hasten to remind you, my friend, that faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Rom. 10:17). However, as hard as we may try to convince the adversaries, not everyone will believe God’s inerrant, infallible, inspired Word because all men have not faith (2 Thess. 3:2).

 

Now, for our question at hand . . .  Question: “Is the Bible truly God’s Word?”

 

Answer: Our answer to this question will not only determine how we view the Bible and its importance to our lives, but also it will ultimately have an eternal impact on us. If the Bible is truly God’s Word, then we should cherish it, study it, obey it, and ultimately trust it. If the Bible is the Word of God then to dismiss it is to dismiss God Himself.

 

The fact that God gave us the Bible is an evidence and illustration of His love for us. The term “revelation” simply means that God communicated to mankind what He is like and how we can have a right relationship with Him. These are things that we could not have known had not God divinely revealed them to us in the Bible. Although God’s revelation of Himself in the Bible was given progressively over approximately 1500 years, it has always contained everything that man needed to know about God in order to have a right relationship with Him. If the Bible is truly the Word of God, then it is the final authority for all matters of faith, religious practice, and morals.

 

The question we must ask ourselves is how can we know that the Bible is the Word of God and not just a good book? What is unique about the Bible that sets it apart from all other religious books ever written? Is there any evidence that the Bible is truly God’s Word? These are the type of questions that must be looked at if we are to seriously examine the biblical claim that the Bible is the very Word of God, divinely inspired, and totally sufficient for all matters of faith and practice.

 

There can be no doubt about the fact that the Bible does claim to be the very Word of God. This is clearly seen in Paul’s commendation to Timothy: “. . . from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

 

There are both internal and external evidences that the Bible is truly God’s Word. The internal evidences are those things within the Bible that testify of its divine origin. One of the first internal evidences that the Bible is truly God’s Word is seen in its unity. Even though it is really sixty-six individual books, written on three continents, in three different languages, over a period of approximately 1500 years, by more than 40 authors who came from many walks of life, the Bible remains one unified book from beginning to end without contradiction. This unity is unique from all other books serving as evidence of the divine origin of the words as God moved men in such a way that they recorded His very words.

 

Another of the internal evidences that indicate the Bible is truly God’s Word is seen in the prophecies contained within its pages. The Bible contains hundreds of detailed prophecies relating to the future of individual nations including Israel, to the future of certain cities, to the future of mankind, and to the coming of One who would be the Messiah, the Savior of not only Israel, but all who would believe in Him. Unlike the prophecies found in other religious books or those done by Nostradamus, the biblical prophecies are extremely detailed and have never failed to come true. There are over three hundred prophecies concerning Jesus Christ in the Old Testament alone. Not only was it foretold where He would be born and what family He would come from, but also how He would die and that He would rise again on the third day. There simply is no logical way to explain the fulfilled prophecies in the Bible other than by divine origin. There is no other religious book with the extent or type of predictive prophecy that the Bible has.

 

A third internal evidence of the divine origin of the Bible is seen in its unique authority and power. While this evidence is more subjective than the first two, it is no less a very powerful testimony of the divine origin of the Bible. The Bible has a unique authority that is unlike any other book ever written. This authority and power are best seen in the way countless lives have been transformed by the supernatural power of God’s Word. Drug addicts have been cured by it, homosexuals have been set free by it, derelicts and deadbeats have been transformed by it, hardened criminals reformed by it, sinners are rebuked by it, and hate has been turned to love by reading it. The Bible does possess a dynamic and transforming power that is only possible because it is truly God’s Word.

 

There are also external evidences that indicate the Bible is truly the Word of God. One of those evidences is the historicity of the Bible. Because the Bible details historical events, its truthfulness and accuracy are subject to verification like any other historical documentation. Through both archaeological evidences and other writings, the historical accounts of the Bible have been proven time and time again to be accurate and true. In fact, all the archaeological and manuscript evidence supporting the Bible makes it the best documented book from the ancient world. The fact that the Bible accurately and truthfully records historically verifiable events is a great indication of its truthfulness when dealing with religious subjects and doctrines and helps substantiate its claim that it is the very Word of God.

 

Another external evidence that the Bible is truly God’s Word is the integrity of the human authors. As mentioned earlier, God used men from many walks of life to record His words to us. In studying the lives of these men, there is no good reason to believe that they were not honest and sincere men. Examining their lives and the fact that they were willing to die often excruciating deaths for what they believed in, it becomes clear that these ordinary yet honest men truly believed that God had spoken to them. The men who wrote the New Testament and many hundreds of other believers (1 Corinthians 15:6) knew the truth of their message because they had seen and spent time with Jesus Christ after He had risen from the dead. The transformation of seeing the risen Christ had a tremendous impact on them. They went from hiding in fear to being willing to die for the message God had revealed to them. Their lives and deaths testify to the fact that the Bible truly is God’s Word.

 

A final external evidence that the Bible is truly God’s Word is the indestructibility of the Bible. Because of its importance and its claim to be the very word of God, the Bible has suffered more vicious attacks and attempts to destroy it than any other book in history. From early Roman Emperors like Diocletian, through communist dictators and on to modern day atheists and agnostics, the Bible has withstood and outlasted all of its attackers and is still the most widely published book in the world today.

 

Throughout time, skeptics have regarded the Bible as mythological, but archeology has established it as historical. Opponents have attacked its teaching as primitive and outdated, but its moral and legal concepts and teachings have had a positive influence on societies and cultures throughout the world. It continues to be attacked by science, psychology, and political movements, and yet it remains just as true and relevant today as it was when it was first written. It is a book that has transformed countless lives and cultures throughout the last 2000 years. No matter how its opponents try to attack, destroy, or discredit it, the Bible remains just as strong, just as true, and just as relevant after the attacks as it was before. The accuracy which has been preserved despite every attempt to corrupt, attack, or destroy it, is clear testimony to the fact that the Bible is truly God’s Word and is supernaturally protected by Him. It should not surprise us that no matter how the Bible is attacked, it always comes out unchanged and unscathed. After all, Jesus said, Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away (Mark 13:31).

 

After looking at the evidence one can say without a doubt that yes, the Bible is truly God’s Word. [1]

 

  1. MIKE’S NOTE: I agree with Dr. John R. Rice: “You see, this idea that the Bible comes from myths, legends, folklore and oral tradition is manufactured by wicked men who try to find a human explanation for rejecting the Bible and the Saviour of the Bible and going on in their sins.” These frivolous assaults on the Bible are a mere continuation of the devil’s original attack: Yea, hath God said (Gen. 3:1)?

FACTS ABOUT THE MANUSCRIPTS

Dr. Mike Johnston, Editor

In his essay Textual Criticism, Dr. Thomas Cassidy writes: “The Traditional text of the New Testament has existed from the time of Christ right down to the present. It has had many different names down through the years, such as Byzantine Text, Eastern Text, Received Text, Textus Receptus, Majority Text, and others. Although no complete Bible manuscripts have survived which would allow us to date the Traditional text to the first century, there is a strong witness to the early existence and use of the Traditional text by the early church in its lectionaries.”

Please hear me friend. There are scores of Bible versions available to English speaking people today which are in actuality good translations from the wrong manuscripts. While good men will probably always differ on the issue of Bible translations, we don’t believe this is an issue worth breaking fellowship over.

 

So what are manuscripts and why are they of such great importance when selecting a translation of the Bible to trust and study? A manuscript [2] is a hand-copied document which was the method employed for writing and duplicating existing literature prior to the invention of the printing press in 1440 AD. There are exactly 5,309 existing manuscripts of the Scriptures. Some of them contain a large portion of scripture, while others are fragments. There are two distinct families of Greek texts from which all New Testament Bible translations are derived. Discernment is necessary in selecting which of them you will subscribe to.

 

Dr. Sam Gipp writes: “The two Bibles, in manuscript form, and their corresponding ideologies originate in two vastly different locations in the Mid East. Alexandria, Egypt and Antioch, Syria. Discerning which location gives us the perfect Bible and the correct ideology and which gave us the devil’s bible and incorrect ideology is one of the easiest tasks imaginable.”

 

The Minority Texts from Alexandria

The first family we’ll discuss is called the “Minority Texts” because a small minority of less than 5% actually agree together. These include the Alexandrian Codex, Parisian Codex, Codex Bezae, Codex Vaticanus, and Codex Sinaiticus. Strangely, when Westcott and Hort- more on them in a moment- wrote their Greek New Testament, they relied heavily on the Roman Vaticanus and Sinaiticus even though these two codices contradict each other over 3,000 times in the gospels alone.

 

The Origen/Alexandrian Corruption

The Bible warns us about those who would corrupt the word of God (2nd Cor. 2:17) and handle it deceitfully (2nd Cor. 4:2). Origen, a well known “apologist” fits this perfectly. Like religious liberals and theistic evolutionists, Origen was constrained to harmonize Christianity with pagan philosophy, especially that of Platonism, Stoicism, and Gnosticism. While he claimed a high regard for the Scriptures, He denied its inerrancy and historical accuracy (which has been gleefully adopted by atheists and liberals), the physical resurrection of Christ (adopted by JWs and Mormons), and the equality of the Father and the Son (adopted by many cults including Armstrongism, JWs and Mormons). He believed in universalism and the pre-existence of the soul (also adopted by Mormons). According to scores of trusted sources, Origen was largely instrumental in editing the so-called “Alexandrian” texts of the New Testament which of necessity carry his deplorable and divergent doctrinal proclivities clearly evidenced by the many word and passage omissions throughout the new versions which have been ultimately based upon his final edits. Benjamin Wilkinson summarizes this perfectly in his book Truth Triumphant: The Church in the Wilderness: “Origen, of the Alexandrian college, made his editions and commentaries of the Bible a secure retreat for all errors, and deformed them with philosophical speculations introducing casuistry and lying.” And while all of this is sadly true about Origen, his real claim to fame may be in the legacy he left that was later used as the basis of every modern Bible translation in America since the mid 19th Century.

The Westcott and Hort Heresies

While Origen, intertwined in paganism, was arguably deceptive, Westcott and Hort- who some allege held occult ties- were demonstrably diabolical.[3] Moreover, their theological inklings were so far out of the mainstream of orthodoxy, they even surpassed that of Origen; according to the Lord Jesus, a surefire recipe for a wicked work:

 

A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit (Matt 7:18).

 

I believe when examined closely, the Westcott and Hort Greek New Testament proves this by virtue of the manuscript family they chose to draw from: the Alexandrian Minority Texts with Origen’s editorial slicing and slathering. Since both men loathed the Textus Receptus, labeling it “perverse, corrupt; vile and villainous” [4] they never once consulted it even though 95% of manuscripts were in full agreement with it (more in a moment). Sadly, this shameful sham completed in 1881 not only continues to serve as the underlying basis for every Bible translation since then, but also as the seeming unassailable proof  cited by all those attempting to impugn the King James Bible with the following phrase, or one similar: “the oldest and most reliable manuscripts render this . . .”

 

The Majority Texts from Antioch

The second family- the family we trust authoritatively- is called the “Majority Texts” because the vast majority (about 95%) agree. These manuscripts were compiled by various editors such as Lucian (AD 250-312), Stephanus , Beza, the Elzevir brothers, and Desiderius Erasmus [5] (1466-1536). Erasmus was one of the greatest Bible scholars the world has ever known. In 1516 he assembled, edited, and printed the Textus Receptus [6] which was the first edition of Greek New Testament and thus became the framework for many Bibles following including the 47 scholars that translated the King James Bible in 1611. [7]

 

The Wide Acceptance and Use of the Majority Texts (Textus Receptus)

 

Admirers of Westcott and Hort’s are loathe to admit the superiority of the Majority Texts. But the fact is ancient Versions, which could have gone Alexandrian, followed the reading of the Majority Texts instead. These versions include: The Peshitta Version (AD 150), The Italic Bible (AD 157), The Waldensian (AD 120 & onwards), The Gallic Bible (Southern France) (AD177), The Gothic Bible (AD 330-350), The Old Syriac Bible (AD 400), The Armenian Bible (AD 400 There are 1244 copies of this version still in existence.), The Palestinian Syriac (AD 450), The French Bible of Oliveton (AD 1535), The Czech Bible (AD 1602), The Italian Bible of Diodati (AD 1606), The Greek Orthodox Bible (Used from Apostolic times to the present day by the Greek Orthodox Church). [Bible Versions, D.B. Loughran]. So also have all English Bibles since Tyndale’s first New Testament (1526). These include Miles Coverdale’s Bible (1535), Matthew’s Bible (1500-1555), The Great Bible (1539), The Geneva Version (1560), The Bishops’ Bible (1568), and the King James Version (1611). [STORY OF OUR ENGLISH BIBLE, by W. Scott]

 

The reason the early church fathers of the 2nd and 3rd centuries and all the Protestant Reformers of the 15th, 16th and 17th  centuries chose the Textus Receptus in preference to the Minority Texts is because:

 

 

  • Textus Receptus is based on the vast majority (over 95%) of the 5,309 Greek manuscripts in existence. That is why it is also called the Majority Text.

 

  • Textus Receptus is not distorted by deletions, additions and amendments, as is the Minority Text. [8]

 

  • Textus Receptus agrees with the earliest versions of the Bible: Peshitta (AD150) Old Latin Vulgate (AD157), the Italic Bible (AD157) etc. These Bibles were produced some 200 years before the Minority Texts (like Vatican and Sinai) favored by the Roman Catholic Church.

 

  • Textus Receptus agrees with the vast majority of the 86,000+ citations from Scripture by the early church fathers.

 

  • Textus Receptus is untainted with Egyptian philosophy and unbelief.

 

  • Textus Receptus strongly upholds the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith: the creation account in Genesis, the divinity of Jesus Christ, the virgin birth, the Saviour’s miracles, His bodily resurrection, His literal return, and the cleansing power of His precious blood!

 

  • Textus Receptus was (and still is) the enemy of the Roman Catholic Church. This is an important fact to bear in mind. Would God Hide His Word behind a wall or in a waste basket?

 

Final Thoughts About the Manuscripts

The original autographs are without question the authoritative, inspired Scriptures. The question you need to answer before devoting your life to studying the Bible is which manuscript family do you trust? With 5309 manuscripts extant, the choice seems clear: on one side you have 97% of them that don’t agree and on the other side you have 95% that do agree.

 

Personally, after weighing the evidence of manuscript authority, I think the choice of which Bible to devote my life to studying is crystal clear. That’s why the PMI Center stands without apology in defense of the authority of the King James Version of the Holy Scriptures and wholeheartedly recommend it to all who desire to become serious students of the Word of God. [9]

BIBLE VERSIONS

David W. Daniels

Question: I know the New King James is said to be a “revision of the King James.” But were the Greek and Hebrew texts for the New King James the same as they were for the King James?

Answer: The NKJV is not a revision of the King James Bible. It is a subtle perversion of the King James Bible. Though years of extensive research have shown that the Greek and Hebrew texts used for the main NKJV text were similar to those used for the KJV, there is a subtle and deadly poison injected into the NKJV: it changes the meaning of God’s words and it lifts up other texts that disagree with the King James.

A History of Preservation


There is a big difference between God’s preserved words and man’s perverted words. And keep in mind that two things had to be preserved through the centuries: the accurate text of God’s words, and the correct translation of those words.

 

Old Testament

God preserved the words of the Old Testament by the Levitical priests, who faithfully copied them through the centuries. The best manuscript, used by the King James Bible, was the Ben Chayyim, also called the “Bomberg Text.” This faithful Rabbinic Old Testament, used for the King James Bible, was rejected by the NKJV committee in favor of a Vatican-published text. But it still takes a careful eye (and a parallel Bible) to spot the differences.

New Testament

God preserved the words of the New Testament by His faithful Christian disciples, from Antioch of Syria (Acts 11:26) to the Vaudois people of the French Alps about AD 120. From the 150s on they passed this Old Latin Bible (called “Common Bible” or “Vulgate”) throughout Europe and the British Isles. The Vaudois people were regarded by the Protestants and Baptists as “pre-Reformers,” passing down the gospel message till the Reformation of the 1500s. Their Bibles and others translated from them, were so accurate they were included in translating the King James Bible. The NKJV committee unwisely used none of these Bibles when deciding the meaning of God’s words and how to translate them into English.

 

The Preserved vs. the Perverted “Vulgate”

Please remember: the Vaudois’ Old Latin Vulgate is not the same as the later Roman Catholic Latin Vulgate. The Vaudois’ Vulgate is God’s preserved words in Old Latin which brought the gospel to all Europe. The Roman Catholic Vulgate is completely different. It wrongly mixed God’s words with the perverted Alexandrian Greek Old Testament, Apocrypha and New Testament. Modern “scholars” falsely declare there’s only one Latin Vulgate. But there are two: the preserved (Vaudois) and the perverted (Roman Catholic).

 

A Mixture of Perversion

The New King James Version is not a true King James Bible. It mixes some true King James accuracy with a lot of Alexandrian and “new version” errors. We know this because the NKJV tells us which ancient texts they used when they made up their Bible. Don’t be fooled by the clever names and symbols. Here is what they say they really used:

  • The Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia, or BHS. This is not the preserved Hebrew Old Testament. This one is approved by the Vatican (Roman Catholic religion) and printed jointly by the Vatican and Protestant Bible societies. In 1937 the “scholars” rejected the preserved Ben Chayyim for an “older” (but not more accurate) text: the Leningrad Ms B 19a (also called the “Ben Asher text”). The BHS states:

“…it is a welcome sign of the times that it was published jointly in 1971 by the Wurttemburg Bible Society, Stuttgart, and the Pontifical Biblical Institute,Rome….” –Prolegomena, p. XII

  • The Septuagint, or LXX. As you have seen1, the so-called “Septuagint” is a fable. It was really written after Jesus was born, not before. There are many Septuagints, since each Alexandrian Old Testament is different from every other. Know what they are? Sinaiticus, Vaticanus and Alexandrinus – the same exact codices (big books) where the modern perverted New Testaments come from!
  • The Latin Vulgate. This is not the preserved Vaudois Christian, Old Latin Vulgate. The NKJV “scholars” consulted the perverted, Roman Catholic Latin Vulgate.
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls, or DSS. It is clear through Scripture that God preserved His words through the tribe of Levi (Deuteronomy 17:18, 31:9-13, 25-26, Nehemiah 8 and Malachi 2:7). The Qumran community that produced the DSS are never said to be Levites. But though God says “the priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth” (Malachi 2:7), the NKJV committee instead consulted the DSS as well.
  • The Majority Text, or MT. With a name like Majority Text it should be a compilation of the majority of Greek New Testament manuscripts. But it is not. The “Majority Text” is actually a hand-picked set of manuscripts grouped together by “pro-Alexandrian” liberal Hermann von Soden2. Less than 8% of the over 5,000 Greek manuscripts were compared to each other by von Soden’s team of collators! But the NKJV people give the MT great prominence, writing this inaccurate information in the footnotes.

So people think that the King James is wrong, since it disagrees with “the Majority Text.” Who cares? The “Majority Text” is not the majority of texts! The “Majority Text” is a big fake. Don’t believe it. And don’t trust any Bible that does.

If It Looks Like a Duck and Talks Like a Duck…There is another side to the New King James that reveals its ugly alliances.

In most places where the NKJV disagrees with the King James Bible, it agrees with the translations of modern Alexandrian perversions, whether Prostestant like the NIV, NAS, RSV, ASV, etc., or Roman Catholic like the New American Bible. The King James Bible is God’s preserved words in English. The NKJV is just man’s most subtle perversion of God’s words. Don’t be deceived. Insist on the King James Bible, not “New” King James, “Modern” King James, King James “2” or “21” or “Millennium,.” Even though it is very similar to a King James Bible, it is not a King James Bible. Insist on the one you can stake your faith on, the genuine King James Bible. God will bless you.

Verse King James NKJV Perversions agreeing with NKJV
Acts 3:26 God, having raised up his Son His Servant NIV, NASV, ASV, RSV, Roman Catholic New American Bible (NAB), etc.
Acts 17:22 I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. very religious NIV, NASV, ASV, RSV, Catholic NAB, etc.
Romans 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie who exchanged the truth of God for the lie NIV, NASV, ASV, RSV, Catholic NAB, etc.
1 Corinthians 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. who are being saved [This teaches the Roman Catholic lie that salvation is a process.] NIV, NASV, NASU, RSV, Catholic NAB, etc.

 

WHY THE KING JAMES BIBLE

I do not read the King James Bible because it sounds pretty. What I care about is getting ALL the verses  … the whole Word of God. I read KJV because the other English modern versions have omitted key verses and changed certain important words and names. Years back, I used to read all the different versions out there but now I read the KJV exclusively. I have found that since reading only the KJV for the past 10 years, my understanding of the Scriptures improved tremendously.

When I was a teen, I was always confused when people in church sang;  “Jesus, you shine like the bright morning star.” I was confused because my NIV bible called Lucifer the morning star.

 

In Bible College, we were required to use the NIV and it was not until I returned back to the KJV that I gained a better understanding of doctrine.

 

Since the beginning, Satan in the garden of Eden attempted to twist the Word of God. In the past, he burned Bibles and tortured people who owned one and in some countries, he still does.

 

Do you think the devil has changed his plans?

 

Has he given up in the free world? If the devil cannot burn the Bibles, what is his plan? He corrupts, twists and changes key verses and omits certain  passages in these new translations right under the nose of the Christian community. Burning the Bible or omitting verses from it…same thing. The end result is the same.

 

If you cannot see that something is wrong with the picture, then take a look at this:

 

Words completely omitted in the Newer Versions: This is just a taste of what has been omitted. There are many more examples that I have posted online.

 

  • 6:13, “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”
  • 17:21. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
  • 15:8, “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth”
  • 18:11. For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.
  • Mark 15:28. And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors.
  • I John 4:3, “Christ is come in the flesh”
  • I John 5:13, “and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God”
  • 1:11, “I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last”

 

NOW LET’S LOOK AT JUST A FEW VERSES IN THE DIFFERENT VERSIONS:

 

I John 5:7 reads as follows:

  • NIV- For there are three that testify:
  • NASV- And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is the truth.
  • NWT- For there are three witness bearers,
  • KJV- For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

 

The verse in the KJV completely coincides with Jesus saying; “I and the Father are one.”

 

And Genesis chapter 1, as well as so many places in the Old Testament that refer to God as being three persons. To delete this verse is so dangerous because you alter the meaning and three that bear record in heaven is VERY important. Some scholars might say;  “we leave it out because it is not found in the original manuscript.”  Well, I would much rather leave it in than take it out. It coincides with all of Scripture. To change the Trinity is to delete God’s essence of who He is. God said in Genesis; “Let us make man in our image.”

 

Isaiah 14:12:

  • NIV- How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star …
  • KJV- How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

 

In this NIV passage, “Lucifer” has been changed to “Morning Star”.

This is so frightening because the Bible defines the Morning Star as Jesus Christ.

 

Revelation 22:16 says:

I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

 

2 Cor. 2:17:

  • KJV- “For we not as many which CORRUPT the word of God”
  • NIV, NASV, NRSV, RSV- “For we are not, as so many, PEDDLING the word of God”

 

PEDDLING????? COULD THEY SOFTEN THE VERSE MORE? CORRUPT MEANS JUST WHAT IT SAYS SO WHY CHANGE IT?

Mark 10:24 :

  • NIV- Jesus said again, Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! Verse Ends
  • KJV – Jesus answered again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!

 

Hmmmm…..do you smell a rat in the NIV? I sure hope so. If you cannot, then you better pray to the Lord for discernment. OMITTING THIS PART OF THE VERSE IS VERY DANGEROUS BECAUSE BY OMITTING IT, THE READER DOES NOT GET THE WHOLE THOUGHT OF WHAT JESUS WAS SAYING.

 

Acts 3:13:

  • NASV- The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Servant Jesus
  • KJV- The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus;

 

There is a HUGE DIFFERENCE in meaning. Son means a son, a servant is a servant.

 

  • NASV- …For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God. 12 So then each one of us shall give account of himself to God.
  • KJV- …for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

 

Jesus has been given the authority to judge. The Judgment Seat of Christ is different than the White Throne Judgment but you would not know this by reading the NASV.

 

Daniel 3:25:

  • NIV- He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”
  • KJV- He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.

 

There is only One God! To add an “s” at the end of the word completely distorts the meaning!

 

Luke 23:42:

  • NIV- Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
  • NASV- And he said, Jesus, remember me when thou comest in thy kingdom.
  • NWT- And he went on to say: “Jesus, remember me when you get into your kingdom.”
  • KJV- And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.

 

By the thief calling Jesus, “LORD”, he acknowledged Jesus as being God;  Superior. Many called Jesus by His name but did not believe on Him. Those that call Him Lord acknowledged who He was and is. To call him Lord was to give Him honor.

 

Luke 2:43:

  • NIV- After the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it.
  • KJV- And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.

 

hmmmm…Joseph is bundled up into the words  “his parents.”

 

Luke 2:33:

  • NASV- And his father and his mother were marveling at the things which were spoken concerning him;
  • KJV- And Joseph and his mother marveled at those things which were spoken of him.

 

Joseph is not Jesus’ father is why it is so WRONG to put that in the Bible. Joseph was Jesus’ step-father. Jesus is God’s Son, not Joseph’s son. Do you see how the devil likes to steal and twist the Word of God? Trying again to strip the Deity of Christ verse by verse and passage by passage until subtly the reader has doubts to the existence and character and person of Jesus Christ.

 

Those Thee’s and Thou’s

Dr. Henry M. Morris

 

“And thou shalt speak unto him, and put words in his mouth; and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do.” Exodus 4:15

 

These words of God, spoken to Moses concerning the mission he and his brother Aaron were to undertake at Pharaoh’s palace are one of numerous examples in Scripture where the King James translation uses several different forms of the second-person pronoun. In this one verse, we see the words “thou,” “thy,” “you,” and “ye,” all fulfilling this function. Most modern translations would translate this sentence. “You shall speak to him . . . and I will be with your mouth . . . and will teach you what you shall do.” Why would the King James translators use four different forms of the pronoun when only “you” and “your” are used in modern versions?

 

The fact is that the Elizabethan-age English was able to make much finer distinctions than modern English. That is, “thou,” “thee,” “thy,” and “thine,” were used for the second person singular, whereas “ye,” “you,” “your,” and “yours” were the corresponding words for the plural. Different words also were used for subject, object and possessive modifiers, as is still true for first and third-person pronouns.

 

In our text, God was telling Moses that He (Moses) was to speak to Aaron, and that He (God) would teach both of them, not just Moses, what they were to do. This distinction is clear in the King James English, but not in modern English. This is one of the numerous examples where such fine points in the King James language are lost in modern translations.

 

In the Lord’s Prayer, for example, “Yours is the kingdom” could suggest that many will possess the kingdom, where “thine is the kingdom” clearly recognizes one God alone. Clear words are important for clear meanings, and Jesus said, “My words shall not pass away” (Matthew 24:35).[10]

 

PMI EDITOR’S NOTE: Please hear me once again, friend. There are scores of Bible versions available to English speaking people today which are in actuality good translations from the wrong manuscripts. [11]While good men will probably always differ on the issue of Bible translations, we don’t believe this is an issue worth breaking fellowship over.

 

So what are manuscripts and why are they of such great importance when selecting a translation of the Bible to trust and study? A manuscript [12] is a hand-copied document which was the method employed for writing and duplicating existing literature prior to the invention of the printing press in 1440 AD. There are exactly 5,309 existing manuscripts of the Scriptures. Some of them contain a large portion of scripture, while others are fragments. There are two distinct families of Greek texts from which all New Testament Bible translations are derived. Discernment is necessary in selecting which of them you will subscribe to.

 

Dr. Sam Gipp writes: “The two Bibles, in manuscript form, and their corresponding ideologies originate in two vastly different locations in the Mid East. Alexandria, Egypt and Antioch, Syria. Discerning which location gives us the perfect Bible and the correct ideology and which gave us the devil’s bible and incorrect ideology is one of the easiest tasks imaginable.”

FACTS AND FABLES ABOUT THE KING JAMES BIBLE

James Melton

Over the past few decades, new Bible translations have been popping up like popcorn. Many strong Christians have stood their ground and continued to believe, read, and study only the Authorized King James Bible. Many others, however, have forsaken the Book that God has used for centuries. Such people have fallen for smooth advertising schemes and have actually started believing that the modern versions are superior to the King James Bible. It’s very sad that most Christians today have not taken time to study the subject thoroughly enough to see what is really happening.

Originally we published only one tract about the King James Bible. The tract is titled How I Know The King James Bible Is The Word Of God, and it presents some rather strong arguments for the KJV. Then we offered a second tract, titled Let’s Compare Bibles. This tract shows how the modern Bible translations are literally attacking God’s word! Both of these tracts are still available, and are free upon request.

 

Now, by the grace of God, we are able to offer a third tract on the King James issue. We call it Fables And Facts About The King James Bible. It’s purpose is to better educate Christians about the KJV by clearing up some of the fables that have been spread by the critics. Far too many Christians are accepting the Authorized Version by faith alone, rather than working and studying to become more grounded in some of the basic FACTS about this important issue. The following information should be helpful to the believer who desires to be readily armed with TRUTH.

 

FABLE: The King James Bible was revised several times before 1800, so modern translations are just additional revisions of the original King James Bible of 1611.

 

FACT: The so-called “revisions” of the King James Bible prior to 1800 were to correct typographical errors, add notes, and omit the Apocrypha from between the Testaments. There were no changes in the actual TEXT of the King James Bible. The REAL changes (over 36,000 of them) didn’t start until the modern revisionists came on the scene.

 

FABLE: The modern translations are more accurate because they have been translated from older and better manuscripts.

 

FACT: It is truly amazing how so many Christians have bought into this lie without ever checking to see WHAT these manuscripts are, WHERE they came from, and WHO wrote them. It’s also strange that no one seems to be asking the question, “Has God honored these ‘older’ and ‘better’ manuscripts throughout Church History?”

 

The modern translations are based on the work of two nineteenth century Greek scholars from England–B. F. Westcott and F. J. A. Hort. Westcott and Hort, who were deeply involved in the occult, hated the Textus Receptus Greek text, from which the King James Bible was translated, so they conjured up THEIR OWN Greek text. This Westcott and Hort Greek text was based primarily on two very corrupt fourth century ROMAN CATHOLIC manuscripts: Codex Vaticanus (discovered in the Pope’s library in 1481) and Sinaiticus (discovered in 1859 in a trash can at St. Catherine’s monastery on Mt. Sinai). These are usually the “older” and “better” manuscripts that we keep hearing so much about. These manuscripts support most of the attacks in the new versions.

 

The Vaticanus is considered to be the most authoritative, although it is responsible for over thirty-six thousand changes that appear today in the new versions. This perverted manuscript contains the books of the pagan Apocrypha, which are not scripture; it omits the pastoral epistles (I Timothy through Titus), the Book of Revelation, and it cuts off the Book of Hebrews at Hebrews 9:14 (a very convenient stopping point for the Catholic Church, since God forbids their priesthood in Hebrews 10!). The attacks on the word of God found in these manuscripts originated in Alexandria, Egypt with the deceitful work of such pagan Greek “scholars” as Origen and Clement of Alexandria. Then in 313 A.D. the Roman emperor Constantine ordered fifty copies of “the Bible” from Eusebius, the Bishop of Caesaria. Eusebius, being a devout student of Origen’s work, chose to send him manuscripts filled with Alexandrian corruption, rather than sending him the true word of God in the SYRIAN text from Antioch, Syria. So the corrupt Alexandrian text (also called the “Egyptian” or “Hesychian” type text) found it’s way into the Vatican manuscript, then eventually into the Westcott and Hort Greek Text, and finally into the new “Bible” versions in your local “Christian” bookstore. Therefore, when you hear or read of someone “correcting” the King James Bible with “older” or “more authoritative” manuscripts, you are simply hearing someone trying to use a ROMAN CATHOLIC text to overthrow the God-honored text of the Protestant Reformation and the great revivals. God has never honored this corrupt text and He never will.

 

FABLE: New translations are needed to correct the errors and contradictions in the King James Bible.

 

FACT: No one has ever proven that there are errors and contradictions in the KJV. Many “Christian” colleges and preachers have a nasty habit of pointing out APPARENT contradictions to their people, but these arguments have been disproven so many times that it is nothing less than disgusting to hear them still being used.

 

FABLE: New Translations are needed to bring the archaic Old English language up to date. People have trouble understanding the language of the King James Bible.

 

FACT: The King James language is NOT hard to understand. Most of the so-called “archaic” words are explained by the context of the passage or by comparing the passage with other passages in the Bible where the same word is used. Heady and high-minded people resent the King James language because it is plain and simple, and it isn’t in tune with their high-minded vocabulary. In fact, the Grade Level Indicator of the Flesch-Kincaid research company says the King James language is EASIER to understand than the new versions.

 

We certainly agree that the language of the King James Bible is a unique language, but why shouldn’t it be? It’s the WORD OF GOD!

FABLE: The King James Bible cannot be infallible because the translators were only men, and all men are sinners. The human element prevents the KJV from being infallible.

 

FACT: If this is true, then even the ORIGINAL AUTOGRAPHS in Hebrew and Greek were not infallible, because they too were penned by men!

 

The fact of the matter is that the King James translators were only INSTRUMENTS of preservation (which is exactly what they called themselves in the Dedicatory to the A.V. 1611). God has always been the Divine Preserver of His word (Psa. 12:6-7), but He has used men as tools and instruments of preservation, just as He uses men to teach and preach His words. When men humbly yield themselves to the will of God, God can use them to accomplish His will (Rom. 12:1-2), and this is precisely what happened between 1604 and 1611.

 

FABLE: The King James translators added to the word of God, because the italicized words in the KJV were not in the originals.

FACT: The italics in the KJV prove that the translators were HONEST in their work. They set the words in italics so we’d know they were not in the manuscripts they were using.

 

Besides, no one has a copy of the original manuscripts today, so no one knows for certain that the italicized words aren’t in them. In fact, there are many cases where we know that the italicized words are justified. For example, notice in Deuteronomy 8:3 that the word “word” is in italics. However, when Jesus quotes this verse in Matthew 4:4 he INCLUDES the italicized word! If the italicized word does not belong in the Bible, why did the Lord Jesus quote it?

 

FABLE: The original King James Bible included the Apocrypha in the Old Testament.

 

FACT: The King James translators knew the Apocrypha was not scripture, so they placed it BETWEEN the Old and New Testament as a HISTORICAL DOCUMENT, not as scripture.

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A TRIBUTE TO MY KING JAMES BIBLE

Dr. Don Jasmin

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young lad was once asked to write a paper on his greatest treasure. The boy wrote one sentence: “My greatest treasure is my Bible.”  While this boy did not so state, he was undoubtedly referring to his KJB. The F. D. editor would like to re-echo that truth: My greatest treasure is my King James Bible!

 

(1) My KJB is a Complete Bible

The 66 books in this unique Scripture volume alone make up the divine written revelation of God. These 66 books compose the sacred canon of Scripture. While this writer has complete faith in the authenticity, integrity and veracity of the KJV, the KJB does not contain any “advanced” revelation as some of its misguided advocates errantly advocate. No additional divine revelations have been given since the completion of the New Testament canon in Revelation chapter twenty-two and none are forthcoming from heaven. Its inerrant contents are not only the supernatural and supreme Word of God for my life, they are my sole authority for faith and practice.

 

The contents of this divine treasure provide sufficient guidance for maturational growth in my Christian experience in bringing me to conformity to the image of Christ: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works—II Tim. 3:16-17.” “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth—John 17:17.”

 

(2) My KJB is a Correct Bible

The KJV Bible, that uncompromising Bible-believing historic Biblical Fundamentalists have used for 400 years is my reliable guide for Christian living and Christian service. My KJB is a trustworthy guide in which I can place my unquestioned confidence. It is reliable in every area of its extensive coverage from its grand commencement in Genesis chapter one to its glorious conclusion in Revelation chapter twenty-two. Its (a) translation is accurate, its text is authentic, and its truths are apostolic, a stark contrast to the satanic cultic Mormon view that the KJV is the Word of God” “only insofar as it is accurately translated.” I can have complete confidence in its words when I read in Luke 2:33 concerning Christ about “Joseph and his mother,” rather than the blasphemous statements of modern versions that talk about His “father and his mother.”

 

I do not believe that my KJB contains textual errors that need to be corrected or expunged from the Scriptural record as some New-Evangelicals advocate. “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God which liveth and abideth forever  (I Peter 1:23).”

(3) My KJB is a Conserved Bible

The genuine Word of God has been providentially preserved in the Hebrew Masoretic text of the Old Testament and the Received Text [TR] in the New Testament. This text has been accurately translated in the King James Version of the Scripture.

 

This translation is a (a) preserved translation—Ps. 12:6-7. It is a (b) pure translation—Prov. 30:5, uncorrupted by the tampering hands of apostate liberal scholars and it is a (c) powerful translation—Heb. 4:12.

 

By contrast, the translators of modern versions can only wistfully conjecture, at best, that they possess most of God’s Word. They are still frantically searching for what I know already reliably exists in English form in my KJB translation of the preserved Hebrew and Greek texts, not the corrupt manuscripts discarded in monastery garbage cans!

 

I do not believe that my KJB contains errors, but that I can read every verse with confidence, including such key verses as Micah 5:2, Matt. 9:13, Acts 8:37, Col. 1:14, and I John 5:7, having an implicit trust they are part of God’s genuine word, not like the modern versions which delete key phrases and  verses..

 

(4) My KJB is a Christ-Centered Bible

As I ponder my KJB, I remember that Christ is (a) the Source of this divine treasure—Col. 3:16, that he is also (b) the Substance of this divine text—Luke 24:27 and that He is (c) the Subject of its denominated truths—John 5:39.

 

My Saviour’s imprint is stamped on every page of its contents. From Genesis one to Rev. 22, He is the central person, message and theme. When I diligently search my KJB’s contents with a Christ-centered perspective, I can find him on every page and related to every event in Scripture. His identification is stamped on every book, His portrait silhouetted in every passage, His indentation stamped on every phrase, and His input superintending every word. Christ is the crux of my KJB, the core of my KJB and the center of my KJB.

 

(5) My KJB is a Companion Bible

My KJB is my written companion, accompanying me wherever I go. Its (a) instructions govern me—Ps. 119:9; its (b) illumination guides me—Ps. 119:105 and its (c) information guards me—Ps. 119:133. It is my constant companion through blessing and blight, amidst sunshine and storm, via rough pathways and smooth pathways and through both trials and triumphs. My KJB provides the spiritual bread I need—Jer. 15:16, the spiritual milk I require—I Peter 2:2 and the spiritual dessert I enjoy—Col. 3:16-17.

Truly, “I have a wonderful treasure, the gift of God without measure, and so we travel together, my [KJB] and I.”

 

Congratulations—KJB—upon your 400th birthday! Via your use, millions of souls have been saved, multitudes of homes blessed, thousands of churches established and countless numbers of believer edified in the faith. When your 401st year begins, this writer promises not to trash you for some other unreliable translation, as many of your now professing honorees will undoubtedly do. You are the first and last English translation I ever want to obey and use. With the Holy Spirit’s help, I will worship the Son of God you exalt within your pages—John 5:39  D. J. [13]

 

KING JAMES ONLY

David Cloud

There is a lot of debate and confusion surrounding the man-made term “King James Onlyism.” This term has been popularized in recent years by men who claim they are concerned about an alleged cultic view of the King James Bible. Rarely do they carefully define this term, though, and as a result a wide variety of Bible-believing men are lumped together and labeled with a term the meaning of which is nebulous.

The term “King James Only” was invented by those who oppose the defense of the King James Bible and its underlying Hebrew and Greek texts. It was intended to be a term of approbation, and it is usually defined in terms of the extremism. I have been labeled “King James Only” because of my writings on the subject of Bible texts and versions. To set the record straight, let me explain what I believe. I know from decades of experience that this is also what a large number of other King James Bible defenders believe.

 

I will accept the label of “King James Only” if it means the following:

 

If “King James Only” defines one who believes that God has given infallible Scripture in the original Greek and Hebrew writings and that He has preserved that in the Hebrew Masoretic and Greek Received Text underlying the King James Bible and other Reformation Bibles and that we have an accurate translation of it in the English language in the Authorized Version, call me “King James Only.”

 

If “King James Only” defines one who believes modern textual criticism is heresy, call me “King James Only.” I have spent hundreds of dollars to obtain the writings of the men who have been at the forefront of developing the theories underlying modern textual criticism, and I have read them. They are not dependable. They refuse to approach the Bible text from a position of faith in divine preservation. Most of them are unbelievers, and I refuse to lean upon their scholarship. I am convinced they do not have the spiritual discernment necessary to know where the inspired, preserved Word of God is located today.

 

If “King James Only” defines one who believes that God has preserved the Scripture in its common use among apostolic churches through the fulfillment of the Great Commission and that He guided the Reformation editors and translators in their choice of the Received Text and that we don’t have to start all over today in an attempt to find the preserved text of Scripture, call me “King James Only.” The theories of modern textual criticism, on the other hand, all revolve around the idea that the pure text of Scripture was not preserved in the Reformation text but that the Reformation editors, because of their alleged ignorance and or lack of resources, rejected the pure text and chose, instead, an inferior text. In fact, modern textual criticism is predicated upon the theory that the best text of the New Testament (the Egyptian or Alexandrian) was rejected in the earliest centuries and was replaced with a corrupt recension that was created through the conflation of various manuscript readings (the Byzantine or Traditional text) and that the corrupt text became the dominant text throughout most of church history (for 1,500 years) until the best text was rediscovered in the 19th century. You are free to accept such views if it suits you. I, for one, believe this is absolute nonsense, and if that is “King James Only,” count me in.

 

Similarly, if “King James Only” defines one who rejects the theory that the “preserved” Word of God was hidden away in the Pope’s library and in a weird Greek Orthodox monastery at the foot of Mt. Sinai (a monastery which has a room full of the skulls of dead monks) for hundreds of years, call me “King James Only.”

 

If “King James Only” defines one who believes it is important to have one biblical standard in a language as important as English and who believes that the multiplicity of competing versions has created confusion and has weakened the authority of the Word of God in this century, call me “King James Only.” [14]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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[1] Adapted from http://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-God-Word.html

[2] All of the manuscripts in existence can be divided into several different formats: Papyrus fragments — papyrus was relatively inexpensive compared to vellum (animal skins), and therefore was widely used. However, it was not very durable and copies would wear out rather rapidly through usage. This is the reason these manuscripts are newer because those preceding them simply wore out from use. The size of these papyrus fragments range from a few verses to large portions of an entire book. Unical — these are copies that were written in capital letters.  Cursive — those written in small hand.

[3] Of significance is the fact that Westcott and Hort were involved in the occult and spiritism and they both hated (“reviled” in their own words) the Textus Receptus.  So, what did they do? They basically “invented” their own Greek text, which was based primarily on two very corrupt 4th century Catholic manuscripts: Codex Vaticanus (discovered in the Pope’s library in 1481) and Codex Sinaiticus (discovered in 1844 in a trash can at St. Catherine’s monastery near Mount Sinai). Source: http://www.1611kingjamesbible.com/older_better.html/

[4] Life and Letters of Fenton John Anthony Hort, Vol. I, p.211.

[5] Enemies of the TR have falsely accused Erasmus of being a committed Roman Catholic humanist monk when in reality he was branded a heretic by the church and heralded as an enemy of Rome most of his adult life.

[6] History records Erasmus’s first edition was a great success; some 3300 copies of his first two editions were sold.

[7] They used the Hebrew Masoretic text to translate the Old Testament.

[8] Modern translations are replete with many disturbing traits: missing verses, passages, key words, and important doctrinal truths.

[9] Adapted and edited from http://www.1611kingjamesbible.com/textus_receptus.html/

[10] Copied from http://www.cobblestoneroadministry.org/whythekingjamesbible.html

[11]  For further study, please order our tract entitled: Facts About the Manuscripts.

[12] All of the manuscripts in existence can be divided into several different formats: Papyrus fragments — papyrus was relatively inexpensive compared to vellum (animal skins), and therefore was widely used. However, it was not very durable and copies would wear out rather rapidly through usage. This is the reason these manuscripts are newer because those preceding them simply wore out from use. The size of these papyrus fragments range from a few verses to large portions of an entire book. Unical — these are copies that were written in capital letters.  Cursive — those written in small hand.

[13] Copied from http://www.fundamentalbaptistministries.com/archives2/APRIL-MAY-2011%A0.htm

[14] Republished November 29, 2005 (Updated and enlarged March 2, 2005; first published January 20, 1996) – David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143. fbns@wayoflife.org

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