The following articles are related to the topic of TEXTUAL CRITICISM

Critical Theory Attacks Genesis 1 and 2

It is common for liberal critics of the Bible to assert that the book of Genesis contains two accounts of the creation. Allegedly, these two records reflect different authors, different time periods, etc. It is further charged that the narratives contradict each other in several particulars. The two accounts are supposed to involve Genesis 1:1-2:3 and Genesis 2:4-25. One author ... read more »

The City of Hazor and Old Testament Accuracy

The city of Hazor lay almost nine miles north of the Sea of Galilee. During the time of Joshua, it was a Canaanite stronghold in northern Palestine. During the conquest of Canaan, as Joshua marched his army northward, he was confronted by a coalition of forces under the leadership of Jabin, king of Hazor. The biblical record declares that the ... read more »

The Art of Writing

Writing is one of the most important achievements humanity has ever developed. "Writing" is first mentioned in the Bible in Exodus 17:14, when, after the Israelites defeated the pagan king Amalek, God instructed Moses: "Write this for a memorial in a book." Numerous other references to writing follow (cf. Exodus 34:27-28; Deuteronomy 31:19,22; Numbers 33:2). For many years, however, hostile ... read more »

Prince of Egypt — The Movie

In 1999, Prince of Egypt opened in theaters across the country. Because it differed so widely from the usual movie fare of sex and violence, this production received high acclaim-even from religious figures like Billy Graham, James Dobson, Robert Schuller, and others. Supposedly, it is based upon the life of Moses and was produced under the guidance of over six ... read more »

The Influence of Evolution upon Religion

When Charles Darwin's Origin of Species issued from the presses (November 24, 1859), it marked a history-changing event. The world has not been the same since-unfortunately. The theory of evolution has wielded its malevolent influence over the past century-and-a-half in a host of ways. There is not a single field of scientific and academic study which has not been greatly ... read more »

Israel’s Exodus from Egypt

As long as Joseph exercised regal authority in the land of Egypt, the Hebrew people flourished. But when a new king arose, who "knew not Joseph," the lives of the Israelites became "bitter and hard" (Ex. 1:8,14). Eventually, Jehovah commissioned Moses to confront Pharaoh, the Egyptian king: "Thus saith Jehovah, the God of Israel, Let my people go" (Ex. 5:1). ... read more »

The New Testament Compared to Classical Literature

The New Testament was completed by the end of the first century. How do we know that the documents have come down to us with integrity over the past twenty centuries? It is a fascinating study. The evidence is stunning. The amazing preservation of the New Testament documents can perhaps be appreciated best by comparing the evidence for their authenticity ... read more »

The Textual Basis of the Bible

Several years ago a movement developed in denominational circles that charged that virtually all Bible translations, this side of the King James Version, are based upon a "corrupt" text, hence, are not nearly as reliable as the KJV. Some within the brotherhood of Christ have jumped on the KJV-only bandwagon. Their position, however, is not based upon sound principles of ... read more »

What About the “Textus Receptus”?

"Some are suggesting that all of the modern versions of the Bible are based upon an inferior Greek text, and that the King James Version is still the best in existence. Can you comment on this?" Several years ago a movement developed in denominational circles that charged that virtually all Bible translations, this side of the King James Version, are ... read more »

Destructive Criticism and the Old Testament

Dr. Richard E. Friedman, a professor of Hebrew and comparative literature at the University of California (San Diego), has attracted considerable publicity in recent years with his radical claim that Baruch, Jeremiah's scribe (Jeremiah 36:4), authored much of the Old Testament. Friedman's book, Who Wrote the Bible?, argues-on the basis of language analysis, structure, and the style of the book ... read more »