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The King James Version Debate: A Plea for Realism Paperback – March 1, 1978
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The first six chapters are dedicated to surveying the different text-types and their historical traditions. He gives his readers a succinct overview of very complex issues regarding the rise of the four major textual traditions (Byzantine, Western, Alexandrian and Caesarean) and briefly discusses their strengths and weaknesses. Carson also navigates the thorny issue of how variations between these text-types developed.
Carson briefly discusses the origins of the Textus Receptus (TR) and makes the case that the TR is based upon the inferior and late Byzantine text-type. He traces the history of the TR through Erasmus's Greek Testament. He affirms that the KJV translators used the best manuscripts available to them at the time, but subsequent discoveries cast doubt upon the accuracy of the Byzantine text-type vis-à-vis the other traditions. In Chapter 7, Carson methodically summarizes the reasons why the TR is an inferior textual tradition.
Part Two deals with what Carson calls "Nontextual Issues." In actuality, this major division addresses Carson's thoughts on translating scripture. He deals with seven popular arguments some uses to support the superiority of the KJV translation over other modern English translations.Read more ›
"Mr. Carson does a good job of defending the modern versions."
"Unfortunately, in order to do so, he must misrepresent the KJB only side and make it seem like Mr. Ruckman and Ms. Riplinger are actually representative of the KJB only position, which they are not."
Ruckman and Riplinger are NEVER mentioned in the book, nor are their writings.
"He ignores the scholarship of men like D. A. Waite, D. O. Fuller, Edward F. Hills, etc. to focus on two weirdos, Ruckman and Riplinger."
Carson didn't mention Waite, but he did deal with the theories of Fuller, Hills, Hodges, Ray and Pickering. Carson cannot honestly be accused of employing a straw-man argument. Thomas is either lying in saying he read the book, or lying about the book's contents.
"Of course, since Biblical preservation dictates the KJB only position, since the Textus Receptus is the vast majority text, it is necessary to distort the KJB only position to attack it."
Biblical preservation says nothing about the King James Version. The TR is not the Majority Text. It is never necessary to use a straw-man argument, on this topic or any other, and Carson does not do so. Rather, he deals with the best arguments available in favor of the proposition that the KJV is the best (or only!) Bible translation on earth, and he refutes them calmly and reasonably.
"However, if you want to defend the modern versions, this is as good as you'll get."
Unfortunately, if you are looking for honesty and sanity in KJV-Onlies, Thomas R.Read more ›
Carson's book is brief, irenic, logical, scholarly, historically informed, and thoroughly thought out, in other words, classic Carson. He starts by orienting the reader to basic textual criticism - the texts that we have, what they're like, the kinds of errors that are found in them, and how scholars try to sort it all out. He then gives a brief explanation of the Textus Receptus, and the modern defense of the Byzantine text-type. The bulk of the book is his middle chapter: "Fourteen Theses."
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I am really surprised that he is such a well known name in the field. This was a required book for a M.Div class I was taking. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I read this book many years ago and it is well written. But Carson is committed to the standard view, in some circles at any rate, that the King James Bible is passed its... Read morePublished 7 months ago by RevdRMBWest
A very well-thought out and well-written book demonstrates why Dr. Carson is a professor of New Testament research rather than some guy who insults anyone who would dare disagree... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mark rupert
Carson, one of the evangelical worlds critical thinking giants, once again draws out the arguments of the KJV superiority and shows where they fall down. Read morePublished 11 months ago by A & M
My Bible & Theology Professor recommend this book to me. I grew up in the Arrogant King James Only movement, my dad is actually a pastor in it, and while i love him to death, he is... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Wesley Joseph VonBuskirk
Carson presents a clear and logical summary of the flawed thinking underlying the King James Only movement. Read morePublished 14 months ago by William Parsons
Fascinating book about how textual criticism works and why we can have confidence in the textual basis of the modern translations such as NASB, NIV, and ESV. Read morePublished 14 months ago by booklover
Read this years ago (1977 or 1978), but I got it through Kindle because of a resent discussion with a sort of KJV only Christian. Read morePublished 17 months ago by The Standard