Understanding The Bible
STUDY REFERENCE
Clarence E. Mason's "BIBLICAL INTRODUCTION"
Part II
INTRODUCTION TO: MANUSCRIPTS AND VERSIONS

 

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Dr. Clarence E. Mason, Jr.
Philadelphia College of Bible
circa
1970

I.    INTRODUCTION
    A.    Meaning of terms
    B.    We have no original or autograph manuscript of any book of the bible
    C.    Purpose of this study
    D.    Two things assumed and not investigated
    E.    Canon and MSS and VSS distinguished

II.    THE TRANSMISSION OF THE OLD TESTAMENT TEXT
    A.    The time from Moses to Ezra - about 100 years
    B.    Ezra to the first century AD
    C.    First century AD to AD 1010
    D.    The fact of the fixity of the text
    E.    Problems in the transmission of the OT text
    F.    Summary statement about the OT text

III.    THE TRANSMISSION OF THE NEW TESTAMENT TEXT
    A.    Description of the New Testament text
    B.    Chief Greek MS of the NT
    C.    Ancient VSS of the NT
    D.    Early quotations of the NT
    E.    Variations in NT MSS or estimate of purity of text
    F.    Summary statements leading to assurance that the Church has essentially the autographs of the NT

IV.    VERSIONS OF THE BIBLE IN ENGLISH
    A.    Early English or Anglo-Saxon VSS (based on Latin Vulgate)
    B.    Interval between Anglo-Saxon VSS and Wycliffe's VS (Approximately 980 to 1380)
    C.    The Wycliffe Bible (1380)
    D.    Things which made possible Tyndale's VS and its wide diffusion
    E.    Tyndale's VS (1525)
    F.    From Tyndale's to the Authorized VS (1525 to 1611)
    G.    The Authorized or King James VS (1611)
    H.    The Revised Version (NT, 1881; OT, 1885; in England)
    I.    The Revised Standard Version (NT, 1946; OT, 1952)

IV.    VERSIONS OF THE BIBLE - CHART

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