Book of Revelation in the Textus Receptus

Minority Readings in the Book of Revelation The Textus Receptus departs from both the Nestle-Aland Text and the Byzantine Majority Text considerably in the Book of Revelation. In these instances the Textus Receptus often follows Erasmus’ Reuchlin manuscript (2814). At times Erasmus departed from 2814 and followed the Vulgate (vg), other Andreas texts (MA), Church … Read more

Wasn’t the Textus Receptus based on just a few manuscripts?

The Greek Textus Receptus underlying the KJV was first edited by Desiderius Erasmus and published in 1516. Erasmus had before him a half-dozen manuscripts during the editing process. Critics are quick to seize upon this “flaw” of the Textus Receptus to deride the KJV. However, these criticisms are unjustified. God in the Bible used only … Read more

Should Cainan be in the genealogy in Luke 3:36?

Most translations (NASB, ESV, NIV, NRSV) also have Cainan in Luke 3:36. The apparent problem is that Cainan does not appear in the genealogy in Genesis, Chronicles, or in other Jewish histories. Only some late manuscripts of the Septuagint have Cainan as the son of Arphaxad in Genesis 11. Thus, the charge is that “Cainan” … Read more

“Heaven” or “Heavens” in Genesis 1:1?

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1, KJV) Critics charge that שמים (shamayim) is plural and should be translated as “heavens.” In Hebrew, however, the plural form may identify size rather than number in certain contexts. Such a plural is called a “plural of extension or amplification” (William Rosenau, Hebraisms … Read more

Did Moses write the first five books of the Old Testament?

The first five books of the Old Testament, also called the Pentateuch or the Torah, are Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. The full title names of these books in the 1611 edition of the KJV are: The First Booke of Moses, called Genesis The Second Booke of Moses, called Exodus The Third Booke of … Read more