Yale University

Millar Burrows of Yale University, says: "Another result of comparing the Greek New Testament in the language of the scrolls (discovered) is to increase confidence in the accurate transmission of the text of the New Testament." The test bibliographic bibliographical test is an examination of the textual transmission by which documents reach us. Not having the original documents, how reliable are the copies we have in relation to the number of manuscripts and the time interval between the original and the existing copy? It can boast the rich authority of the manuscript of the New Testament, when compared with other texts which have today. We have the history written by Thucydides (460-400 BC) which is based only on eight manuscripts dating from 900 D: C. The manuscripts of the history of Herodotus is a date later and equally scarce. Bausch & Lomb brings even more insight to the discussion. Aristotle wrote his Poetics around 343 BC However, the oldest copy we have of it dates from 1100 AD That means that between original and the copy was a period of about 1,400 years. There are only five manuscripts of this work. Caesar wrote his History of the Gallic wars between 58 and 50 BC The authority of his work, in regard to manuscripts, is based on manuscripts written nine or ten thousand years after his death.

When we got to the authority of the New Testament manuscripts as regards, in contrast, the abundance of material is visible. Today more than 20.000copias of New Testament manuscripts. In the Iliad, for example, there are 643 manuscripts and is the work that is second in authority, after the New Testament.



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