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Defending the Word
God question Vic.
There is diversity, even contradiction in the extant copies that exist today. The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls has even shown how canonization evolved for at least three major 'traditions' of OT scripture (Mesoretic, Septuagint, Samaritan). Accordingly, I think it would be hard to argue extant copies are inspired (or one would have to explain the ample differences).
However, though there are errors and differences in the extant copies, these 'blemishes' are completely incidental, in that there is no difference, or error, that substantially alters core Christian biblical orthodoxy (which is different than ecclesiastical orthodoxy).
Admitting that the theology of inspiration itself is a controversial topic, the consensus (within at least protestant circles) seems to be that what was inspired was the original dictation, and understanding (on the part of the reader), called by some 'illumination'.
This means belief in inspired text does not require 'perfect paper copies'.
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RE: Defending the Word - by Ekklesia - 07-02-2011, 03:11 AM
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