Re: majority text

From: Jim West (
Date: Tue May 05 1998 - 13:48:34 EDT

At 10:23 AM 5/5/98 -0700, you wrote:
> I am fairly new at studying Biblical Greek. The interlinear that I
>have is the majority text edited by Hodges, Farstad, etal. I've heard
>that there has been fierce debate in the past about the majority text.

This is most certainly true. The debate arises because, on text critical
grounds, the majority or Byzantine text is viewed (rightly) as inferior to
the older Alexandrian and Western text families.

>How is the majority text different? Also, is this the best text to study
>or should I get another interlinear?

Well, I dont think you should use an interlinear at all. Just learn greek
and stay away from such things, you will be far better off in the long haul.
The majority text was used by erasmus, and thus became the textual base of
the KJV. But it is truly not a very good text type. Other modern
translations are based on superior, ancient manuscripts.

>Casey J. Gagnon
>Tempe, AZ


Jim West, ThD
Quartz Hill School of Theology

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