From: Bob Vincent (
Date: Sun Sep 05 1999 - 15:20:05 EDT

Jim West <jwest@Highland.Net> wrote:
> in fact erasmus had no copy of rev in greek-- so he translated the vulgate
> into greek and viola! revelation in greek as the TR has it!

Dear Jim,

Bruce Metzger said:
"For the Book of Revelation he had but one manuscript, dating from the
twelfth century, which he had borrowed from his friend Reuchlin.
Unfortunately, this manuscript lacked the final leaf, which had contained
the last six verses of the book. For these verses, as well as a few other
passages throughout the book where the Greek text of the Apocalypse and the
adjoining Greek commentary with which the manuscript was supplied are so
mixed up as to be almost indistinguishable, Erasmus depended on the Latin
Vulgate, translating this text into Greek. As would be expected from such a
procedure, here and there in Erasmus' self-made Greek text are readings
which have never been found in any known Greek manuscript -- but which are
still perpetuated today in printings of the so-called Textus Receptus of the
Greek New Testament." [Bruce M. Metzger, _The Text of the New Testament_
(Oxford: 1968), pp. 99, 100]


"He said that we called ourselves Christians, but we were indifferent to the
sufferings of Christians. He said that when we say we are Christians, what
we mean is that we are white."
Jarvis in Alan Paton's _Cry, the Beloved Country_

Robert Benn Vincent, Sr.
Grace Presbyterian Church
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Alexandria, Louisiana 71303-2509
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