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The Case for the King James Bible, A Summary of the Evidence and Argument Paperback – April 5, 2008
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About the Author
The author of this booklet, Dr. D. A. Waite, received a B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) in classical Greek and Latin from the University of Michigan in 1948, a Th.M. (Master of Theology), with high honors, in New Testament Greek Literature and Exegesis from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1952, an M.A. (Master of Arts) in Speech from Southern Methodist University in 1953, a Th.D. (Doctor of Theology), with honors, in Bible Exposition from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1955, and a Ph.D. in Speech from Purdue University in 1961. He holds both New Jersey and Pennsylvania teacher certificates in Greek and Language Arts.
He has been a teacher in the areas of Greek, Hebrew, Bible, Speech, and English for over thirty-five years in nine schools, including one junior high, one senior high, three Bible institutes, two colleges, two universities, and one seminary. He served his country as a Navy Chaplain for five years on active duty; pastored two churches; was Chairman and Director of the Radio and Audio-Film Commission of the American Council of Christian Churches; since 1971, has been Founder, President, and Director of The Bible For Today; since 1978, has been President of the Dean Burgon Society; has produced over 700 other studies, booklets, cassettes, or VCR's on various topics; and is heard on both a five-minute daily and thirty-minute weekly radio program in defense of traditional Bible texts, presently on 25 stations. Dr. and Mrs. Waite have been married since 1948; they have four sons, one daughter, and (at present) eight grandchildren.
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[This selection comes from Chapter 3.] Textual Matters in General
A. Critical Apparatus of Some Kind is Necessary to Show Variant Readings. Hills wrote: Modern scholars who attempt this [that is, blending three or four or five older texts in Greek into one] usually construct a CRITICAL APPARATUS by comparing ALL THE DOCUMENTS with one standard, printed text [in Greek, that is] and noting the VARIANT READINGS. [Hills, Dr. E., p. 170] It is the thesis of this study that this end could best be achieved by using the Textus Receptus as the basic Greek text, since it is a longer, more inclusive text than the one used by Westcott and Hort and company [i.e. "B" and "Aleph"]. The Masoretic Hebrew Text that underlies the King James Bible should be used in this same way in the Hebrew Old Testament.
B. Westcott and Hort's Absence of Many Footnotes was Tragic and Indicated They Thought They had the "True Text," Thus Rejecting the MAJORITY of Manuscript Evidence. Herman C. Hoskier, in his book, Codex B and Its Allies--A Study and An Indictment, as reported in Fuller's book, said of Westcott and Hort's arrogance in this matter: I charge Westcott and Hort with having utterly failed to produce any semblance of a "neutral" text. I charge them with the offense of REPEATED ADDITIONS to the narrative on most INSUFFICIENT EVIDENCE. I charge the Oxford edition of 1910 with CONTINUAL ERRORS in accepting Westcott and Hort's text for many verses together where THE ABSENCE OF FOOTNOTES shows that the editors consider their text as settled. [Fuller, Dr. D. O., p. 69]
C. To be Entirely Acceptable, a Greek Text Should Record Practically EVERY VARIANT READING of the Manuscript or Verse Being Examined.
This has not been done, however, either in the Greek text of Westcott and Hort, or in that of Souter, Nestle, or others. Hills stated: Unfortunately, however, the collations of the earlier New Testament scholars were not very reliable. It was NOT CONSIDERED NECESSARY TO RECORD EVERY VARIANT READING of the manuscript that was being examined. [Hills, Dr. E., p. 195] For the most part, this requirement of showing practically EVERY VARIANT READING has been followed in the Received Text of Stephens in the interlinear version referred to in Chapter I of this paper.
D. Dean J. W. Burgon's Seven Tests of Truth in Weighing New Testament Manuscripts. In his book, The Last Twelve Verses of Mark, Dean John William Burgon (born in 1813) was a steadfast defender of the Scriptures as the "infallible Word of God" [Hills, Dr. E., p. 35]. He was also a champion of the Traditional, Byzantine, Received, or text of the New Testament called the Textus Receptus [or T.R. for short]. He formulated "seven tests of Truth." He wrote: In the end I shall ask the reader to allow that where these SEVEN TESTS are found to conspire we may confidently assume that the evidence is worthy of all acceptance, and is to be implicitly followed. A READING should be attested then by THE SEVEN FOLLOWING:
(1) Antiquity or Primitiveness;
(2) Consent of Witnesses, or Number;
(3) Variety of Evidence, or Catholicity;
(4) Respectability of Witnesses, or Weight;
(5) Continuity, or Unbroken Tradition;
(6) Evidence of the Entire Passage, or Context;
(7) Internal Considerations, or Reasonableness. In the balances of THESE SEVEN TESTS OF TRUTH, the speculations of the Westcott and Hort school, which have bewitched millions, are "Tekel," weighed in the balances and found wanting.. [Fuller, Dr. D. O., p. 40] On the other hand, ALL SEVEN TESTS OF TRUTH are found to be present in the Hebrew and Greek texts which underlie the KING JAMES BIBLE [Masoretic Hebrew and Textus Receptus Greek].