Episode 39: The Importance of Textual Criticism (ft. Dr. David Alan Black)

Episode 39: The Importance of Textual Criticism (ft. Dr. David Alan Black)

In this episode, the Clearview staff sit down with Dr. David Alan Black to discuss the importance of textual criticism in the lives of believers and in the context of the church. If you have any topics you’d like for us to discuss, be sure to email us at carpemanana@clearviewbc.org!

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Episode 39: The Importance of Textual Criticism (ft. Dr. David Alan Black)

Episode 9: History of Biblical Interpretation (Part 2)

In this episode, Pastor Abidan Shah focuses on first century techniques for interpreting Scripture. He addresses the three schools of thought related to biblical interpretation and how these are utilized today.

For more information on Digging Deep, Clearview Church’s summer Bible study, check out the Facebook page at facebook.com/ClearviewDiggingDeep. You can also find the notes from each week on Pastor Shah’s blog.

Episode 6: NT Textual Criticism (ft. Dr David A. Black)

Hoi Polloi Pod Cast ImageIn this sixth episode of Hoi Polloi, Abidan Shah interviews Dr. David Alan Black, professor of New Testament and Greek at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest. The focus of this episode is New Testament textual criticism. Dr. Black studied under text-critic Harry Sturz. The Sturzian approach favors the reading that has the most text-type support. We will discuss 3 examples under this approach.

If you have any questions or topics you would like to be discussed, tweet them to @hoipolloiradio.

Episode 3: Dr. Maurice A. Robinson

Hoi Polloi Pod Cast ImageIn this third episode of Hoi Polloi, Abidan Shah interviews Dr. Maurice A. Robinson, a noted New Testament textual critic and Research Professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Robinson is the co-editor of the “The New Testament in the Original Greek: Byzantine Textform” and many other books and articles. In 2014, he was awarded a Festschrift by his friends and students for all his contributions in the field. In this interview we will chat with him about his reflection over the past four decades in New Testament Textual Criticism. If you have any questions or topics you would like to be discussed, tweet them to @hoipolloiradio.



The following is my outline of the critical study of the New Testament based upon the following works: Werner Georg Kümmel, The New Testament: The History of the Investigation of Its Problems, William Baird, History of New Testament Research 3 volumes, Stephen Neill and Tom Wright, The Interpretation of the New Testament 1861-1986, and Scott McKnight and Grant Osborne, The Face of New Testament Studies: A Survey of Recent Research.

In spite of Pietism’s focus on faith and feelings, deism captured the European mind. Through the philosophy of Leibnitz (1646 – 1716) as popularized by Christian Wolff (1679 – 1754) and utilized by S.J. Baumgarten (1706 – 1757), a new wind was blowing towards Germany. Unlike the deists, who were not biblical scholars, there were emerging players in the field who applied the rationalism of deism to biblical studies.

The shift can be noted in the works of Jean-Alphonse Turretin (1671 – 1737). He tried to retain many of the elements of the traditional faith and, yet, embraced reason and natural theology. Hence, the Bible was authoritative but not necessarily accurate in its details. He rejected doctrinal exegesis, church imposed interpretations, and religious experience interpretations and advocated historical exegesis.

Johann Jakob Wettstein (1693 – 1754) was another Swiss scholar who focused on textual criticism. In his view, textual variants do not destroy the integrity and authority of the Bible but do erode verbal inspiration and infallibility. He focused heavily on patristic sources. He insisted that the Received Text should not be given any special status. He also argued that the older manuscripts and the majority of the manuscripts deserve to have the preferred readings. Through his work as a text critic many more variants were added to the critical apparatus.

Another scholar who was responsible for the shift was Johann August Ernesti (1707 – 1781). He took the middle ground by opposing pietistic subjectivism and extreme rationalism. He believed that divine providence had protected the transmission of Scripture but, even then, some minor errors had crept him. Using his expertise in the philological method, as the “German Cicero,” he attempted a study of the Bible as any of the classic. He reflected the tension between faith and method.

All three of the above-mentioned scholars represent the pre-critical world of biblical studies, where biblical scholars were trying to bridge the gap between the old ways in the new ways of studying the Bible.

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