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  • Originally posted by Hypatia_Alexandria View Post
    No that is not its purpose.

    The purpose of textual criticism with regard to ancient texts is to attempt to establish the wording of an original text insofar as it is possible to do so and on the basis of the examples of that text that we have, in order to come to some approximation of understanding as to what the original of that text may have contained.

    It is then necessary to determine how, when, why, and where that text came to be altered over the course of its transmission.
    That's what I said and which you disagreed with. It's purpose is to try to reconstruct the original texts using later texts.

    You just like to disagree, doncha?

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    • Originally posted by Sparko View Post
      That's what I said and which you disagreed with. It's purpose is to try to reconstruct the original texts using later texts.

      You just like to disagree, doncha?
      I disagreed with your conviction "But we can use textual criticism to reconstruct what the autographs said to a high degree of certainty.".

      As I pointed out "There is a degree of probability, which is by no means the same thing."

      You now appear to be concurring with my position on this matter.

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      • Originally posted by Hypatia_Alexandria View Post
        I disagreed with your conviction "But we can use textual criticism to reconstruct what the autographs said to a high degree of certainty.".
        in the case of the NT, that is the case. We can be very sure of what the autographs said to 90%+ (some say 99%+)

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        • Originally posted by Sparko View Post
          in the case of the NT, that is the case. We can be very sure of what the autographs said to 90%+ (some say 99%+)
          So, which !0% of the NT do inerrancists acknowledge to be not necessarily inerrant?
          He felt that his whole life was a kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it. - Douglas Adams.

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          • Originally posted by Sparko View Post
            in the case of the NT, that is the case. We can be very sure of what the autographs said to 90%+ (some say 99%+)
            There is a degree of probability.

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            • Originally posted by Tassman View Post
              So, which !0% of the NT do inerrancists acknowledge to be not necessarily inerrant?
              Inerrancy is held only in the autographs, not the copies.

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              • New Testament textual criticism is an interesting topic. And not agreed on. Two things to note, the souce New Testament documents have more copies of them than any other ancient documents. And secondly among those docuements they have common readings of texts where they are largely the same. The disagreements are over the variant readings as to which ones are the original readings and how that is to be decided.
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                . . . the Gospel of Christ, for it is [the] power of God to salvation to every [one] believing, . . . -- Romans 1:16.

                . . . that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: . . . -- 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4.

                Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: . . . -- 1 John 5:1.

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                • Originally posted by Sparko View Post
                  Inerrant is held only in the autographs, not the copies.
                  There are no original "autographs", so obviously "inerrancy" cannot apply.
                  He felt that his whole life was a kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it. - Douglas Adams.

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