5 Words a Sinner Needs to Hear After a Moral Train Wreck

The question is whether you are willing to hear them for yourself and give them to others.

Dr. McKay Caston

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First, Why the Brackets?

This post is based on John 8:2–11. If you read that passage in a printed Bible, you may notice that there are brackets around the text.

Let me explain.

Our English Bibles are translations of copies that were made of the original Biblical texts which were written in Hebrew and Greek.

In the first several hundred years following the ministry of the apostles, their writings — what we call the New Testament — were copied thousands of times.

To put the availability of copies in context, only 8 early copies of Thucydides remain, 8 copies of Plato, and 10 of Caesar’s Wars. The earliest copy we have of any of those writings is from 900 A.D. By comparison, in the first 3 centuries AD alone, we have over 5,300 copies of New Testament texts.

Because we have access to so many copies, we are able to compare and contrast them in order to find out what discrepancies, if any, took place in the copying process. That enables us to discern, with remarkable accuracy, the exact text of the original biblical writings. For…

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Dr. McKay Caston

I create resources to help folks tether their lives to the cross of the risen and reigning Jesus | www.mckaycaston.com