Tag Archives: Jeff Riddle

Canonical texts create religious communities

Canonical texts create religious communities. This is why, for example, the ending of Mark has become a canonical crisis: those who reject the traditional ending have formed another canonical text and another religious community. Word Magazine # 72: The Ending … Continue reading

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How shall we respond to modern critical scholarship?

“In England and Scotland the same range of responses was present as in the United States—some welcomed German [critical] views as a means of escaping from traditional conceptions of Christianity, others sought to appropriate the new views within an older … Continue reading

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White & Kruger’s inconsistency on Scripture

  In the video, White says “The canon is a theological thing first and foremost. If we start from a historical perspective we can only go so far… we’re never going to get to what we believe the canon actually … Continue reading

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Confusion regarding the canonical text

A biblical canon or canon of scripture is a set of texts (or ‘books’) which a particular religious community regards as authoritative scripture. The English word “canon” comes from the Greek κανών, meaning ‘rule’ or ‘measuring stick’. (source) A recent video presentation … Continue reading

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“Who can say exactly what in the Bible pertains to doctrine?”

Here are two (2) good questions to ask those who say the removal of certain words and passages from the New Testament, due to the influence of modern textual criticism upon modern English translations, has never affected doctrine: “Who can … Continue reading

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The Pool of Bethesda

The Pool of Bethesda “Beth hesda” is Hebrew for “House of mercy” Interestingly enough, Bethesda, Maryland is named after the old Bethesda Meeting House, which takes it’s name from the Pool of Bethesda story in the Bible. I used to … Continue reading

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The Ecclesiastical Text

The Ecclesiastical Text Now that I’m “Back to the Bible”, so to speak, I’m re-examining some of the textual criticism issues I studied over 20 years ago. I read Theodore Letis’ book “The Ecclesiastical Text” 20 years ago, and I … Continue reading

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