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NOTR - The Syrian Recension Theory - 9.16.16


Chris discusses the very heart of the critical text theory -- the alleged recension (or revision) of the New Testament that is said to have occurred between 250 and 350 A.D. in ancient Syria, according to Westcott and Hort's hypothesis.  The result was a series of longer readings of the text of Scripture that then became (eventually) the Received Text.  The theory itself was apparently engineered for the purpose of explaining why the Codex Vaticanus contained shorter readings than the Textus Receptus.  Yet it was opposed by leading scholars of the nineteenth century, such as Charles Henry Waller and Canon Cook -- whose comments are explored.

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