Re: majority text

From: Kevin W. Woodruff (
Date: Tue May 05 1998 - 14:06:59 EDT


Fro the purposes of learning Greek, a Majority Text interlinear is as good
as one based upon the Critical Text. Be aware tht most modern translations
(RV, ASV, RSV, NASB, NIV, and NRSV) are based upon a text that is
differentthan the Majority Text. The AV and NKJV and a couple more obscure
versions are based upon the Majority Text (or more exactly upon the Textus
Receptus, a particular form of the Majority Text). the majority Text usually
is "fuller" in tha fact that it usually has a more full reading which may be
a combination of several different readings. More heat and less light are
involved in most discussions involving the whole textual criticism debate. I
would use both and then seek to learn what the differences are and that may
lead you into a formal study of Textual Criticism. If you have any
questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

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.
>How is the majority text different? Also, is this the best text to study
>or should I get another interlinear?
>Casey J. Gagnon
>Tempe, AZ

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