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Holly, Greek copies of items actually penned by Apostles?

PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 1:35 pm
by cujet
On the stand to reason site, there is a column titled "God doesn't give autographs".

In the first paragraph, there is a mention of 5000+ copies, written in Greek, of things the actual apostles penned.

I am very curious about this and hope you can shed some light on these items. What are they? Are they simply early copies of gospels? Or are they something else?



PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2007 7:52 pm
by Holly
Hi Chris,

Yes, the 5,366-plus documents are early Greek copies of the original New Testament writings.

On a side note: This huge number of early copies explains how — even though we don't have the original New Testament manuscripts — we can be so sure the writings we have today match the originals. We can look through the thousands of manuscripts and spot the ones that contain "typos."

Hope this helps!