Articles about Textual Criticism

Textual Criticism is a field of study, focusing on the ancient manuscripts of the Bible. We haven’t found any of the original, hand-written letters from biblical authors. We only have copies, which is to be expected. Because disputes arise over ideas found in the Bible, we appeal to the words written in the manuscripts. They provide evidence of what must have been originally written, giving us solid information on which to base our understanding of what Jesus, and His first students, taught.

The New Testament is the best-attested book of the ancient world. The manuscript copies of most Greek and Latin authors can usually be counted on both hands, with some rising in the hundreds. Homer's writings are the second-most popular with less than 2500 copies of his Iliad and Odyssey combined.