Hamblin & Peterson: Christian beliefs are rooted in reliable early records

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  • brokenclay Chandler, AZ
    April 6, 2013 4:52 p.m.

    Drs., you were doing so well up until the last paragraph. I seriously couldn't believe what I was reading-- Mormon scholars defending the integrity of the NT manuscripts! This is unheard of. But then that disclaimer had to be thrown in there in the last paragraph.

    Does God not have the power to preserve the words he wants the church to possess? Perhaps if he is not powerful or wise enough to have done so, maybe the modern day LDS prophet could restore some NT books for us in the original Greek. I'd love to compare the Greek of Paul's letters to those of his restored letters. I mean, if it's that important to make a fuss about, why not get them restored to us? Why are all the LDS Scriptures restored in English? Why not give us some originals to test?

    I'd recommend the works of Daniel Wallace on the matter of textual criticism, especially his new book, Revisiting the Corruption of the New Testament. He has announced that we may have found a first century copy of a portion of the Gospel of Mark. The fragment is currently being studied.

  • sharrona layton, UT
    April 6, 2013 11:04 a.m.

    RE: The N. T.t epistles of James and Peter, the epistle to the *Hebrews and perhaps a couple of Paul’s letters. True,
    *Hebrews 2:3 is one reason many believe Paul did not write Hebrews.
    …which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by THEM that heard him;(Hebrews 2:3)
    (THEM that heard Him).In saying and was confirmed to US by them who heard Him, the writer confirms he is not a “first generation” Christian. He has heard the message second-hand through the apostles and the eye-witnesses of Jesus’ .