Wednesday, October 2, 2013

"The Bibliographical Test Updated" by Clay Jones

Clay Jones, Associate Professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, has been working on updating the bibliographical evidence for the New Testament documents. His work is now finished and the results have been published in the The Christian Research Journal. They are making "The Bibliographical Test Updated" available online, you can find it here. For those familiar with the work of Josh McDowell, you should remember this test. The bibliographical test is used as a means of establishing the New Testament’s transmissional accuracy. Clay Jones explains:

"Christians argue that if historians will consider an ancient document to have been accurately transmitted whose manuscripts are few and far between the date the autograph was penned and its earliest extant copy, then they should accept documents as accurately transmitted whose manuscripts are comparatively many and comparatively near their autographs. For many years Christian apologists have employed the bibliographical test to argue that since the NT surpasses all other ancient documents in sheer number of manuscripts and the nearness of the date between the autographs and extant manuscripts that the NT has been accurately transmitted." 1

3. Fragment of The Gospel of Matthew