Scrivener's Greek Text

Date: Thu Oct 12 1995 - 18:52:57 EDT

For the New Testament it is know that the KJV translators used four different
printed Greek New Testaments, differing from one another in 131 places:

(1) The text of Robert Stevens (Stephanus) (1550, 1551)

(2) The text of Theodore Beza (1598)

(3) The text of Complutensian Polyglott (1514-22)

(4) The text of Desiderius Erasmus (1516, 1519, 1522, 1527,1535
The KJV translator's followed Beza (1598) against Stevens (1550) 81 times;
they followed Stevens (1550) against Beza (1598) 21 times; they followed the
Complutensian Polyglott (1514-22) against Beza and Stevens 19 times; they
followed Erasmus against Beza and Stevens 7 times; and they followed the
Latin Vulgate against all Greek witnesses 3 times. Scrivener posthumously
published a composite Greek text in 1894 that contains the Greek words
actually used by the KJV translators. Until the 19th century, no such Greek
text existed for the KJV New Testament.

{Information quoted from Scrivener, F. H. A., ed. The Cambridge Paragraph
Bible of the Authorized English Version (London: Cambridge University Press,
1873), p. c-ciii}

Hope this gives some contribution to the discussion

Kevin W. Woodruff
Reference Librarian
Cierpke Memorial Library
Temple Baptist Seminary
Tennessee Temple University
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