Category: Bible Translations

DOES JESUS MISQUOTE THE OLD TESTAMENT? Creation Ministries International (CMI) Undermines Inerrancy Again

© 2019, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction [N.B. READ THE FOOTNOTES, FOLKS.  THEY ARE IMPORTANT!] It is late in the year for a new, winning entrant into the “Most Ironic Statement of the Year” contest, but Creation Ministries International (CMI) duo of Lita Cosner and Robert Carter seem to have done it; it …

WHY THERE IS AN ERROR IN MARK 1:2 IN YOUR BIBLE: Another Example of the Evangelical Betrayal of the Bible

© 2015, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction You begin to read the Gospel According to Mark in your New International Version (NIV) Bible, and you see the following: 1 The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah,[a] the Son of God,[b] 2 as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send …

WHAT ABOUT THE COMMA JOHANNEUM (1 JOHN 5:7b-8a)?

© 2017, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. In the King James Version and NKJV (as below), 1 John 5:6-8 reads as follows: This is He who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth. …

FATAL PROBLEMS WITH REASONED ECLECTICISM TEXTUAL CRITICISM: Follow-up Comments on the Tors/Costa New Testament Text Debate (Part 2)

© 2017, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Part 2 of 2 Introduction On the evening of Saturday, April 22, 2017, I debated Dr. Tony Costa on the topic of “the methodology of the reconstruction of the Greek New Testament.”[1]  I was contending for the Majority Reading/Byzantine text Approach, while Dr. Costa argued for Reasoned …

TEXTUAL CRITICISM AND THE END OF BIBLICAL INERRANCY: Follow-up Comments on the Tors/Costa New Testament Text Debate (Part 1)

© 2017, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Part 1 of 2 Introduction On the evening of Saturday, April 22, 2017, I debated Dr. Tony Costa on the topic of “the methodology of the reconstruction of the Greek New Testament.”[1]  I was contending for the Majority Reading/Byzantine Text Approach, while Dr. Costa argued for Reasoned …

DID JESUS DENY HIS OWN DEITY IN MARK 10:18? The Significance of Jesus’ Answers to the Rich Young Ruler

© 2017, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.” (Matthew 19:17a) So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.” (Mark 10:18) So Jesus said …

A PRIMER ON NEW TESTAMENT TEXTUAL CRITICISM (IN MANAGEABLE, BITE-SIZED CHUNKS)

© 2015, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Understand each bite before moving on to the next one! The First Bite A) The New Testament (NT) was written in Koine Greek in the 1st-century AD, but the printing press was not invented (in the West) until the mid-15th century AD. This means that for about …

THE KING JAMES VERSION VS. THE NEW KING JAMES VERSION: A Response to James L. Melton’s “The NKJV: A Deadly Translation”

© 2012, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. (Melton’s article is found http://jesus-is-lord.com/nkjvdead.htm.  Accessed on February 20, 2012.) The words of Scripture were divinely inspired (“God-breathed” 2 Timothy 3:16) in the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Koine Greek languages, and it is these texts that are inerrant and infallible.  Every version in English or any other language …

ON THE MERITS OF THE SEPTUAGINT: A Response to Floyd Nolen Jones’ “The Chronology of the Old Testament”

© 2010, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Prolegomena There are Christians who believe that the King James Version is a divinely inspired translation and is the only true Word of God in the English language.  They hold to this position by faith, though it is not faith in what the Word of God says, …

A SECOND CAINAN?

© 2009, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. The genealogy of Jesus given by Luke includes a certain “Cainan” (Luke 3:36) who is indicated to be the son of Arphaxad and father of Shelah.  In the Old Testament, Arphaxad was the father of Shelah (Salah), according to Genesis 10:24 and 11:12, and 1 Chronicles 1:18.  …

A BRIEF OVERVIEW ON BIBLE TRANSLATION

© 2009, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction Translation is the process of expressing in one language (the “target” language) what was said or written in a different language (the “original” language).  For us, it is expressing the original text of the Bible (which was written in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Koine Greek) in English.  …