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By Gleason Archer

In this revised quantity, Gleason Archer's unique examine is up to date via writer Dillon Burroughs. It approaches the research of the Old Testament from both a basic and particular element of view. 

Dealing first with matters over which many students debate, Archer bargains facts to aid the conservative view of canonicity, historicity, inspiration, textual difficulties, and better criticism. The moment part dissects each publication of the outdated testomony individually. Archer completely covers concerns like biblical creationism; Noah's Ark and the flood; authorship; chronology; and alleged language, variety, and subject differences.

A Survey of outdated testomony Introduction is worthwhile to scholars and laymen who are looking to comprehend the conservative place of previous Testament issues and aren't afraid to envision serious views. 

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U n l i k e Westcott a n d H o r t , h o w e v e r , t h e J e w i s h scholars never t o o k t h e t r o u b l e t o record the prior manuscripts f r o m w h i c h they had worked, but simply discarded t h e m altogether, feeling that their n e w and official text m e t all practical needs. W h e n d i d this h y p o t h e t i c a l c o m m i t t e e d o its w o r k ? S o m e h a v e suggested t h e C o u n c i l o f J a m n i a i n A . D . 90, b u t this h a r d l y agrees w i t h the evidence o f texts l i k e t h e H e b r e w U n i v e r s i t y Isaiah Scroll, w h i c h corresponds almost letter for letter w i t h the M T a n d yet d a t e s f r o m a b o u t 5 0 B .

D. 325-350)—a magnificent M S w h i c h cont a i n s m o s t o f t h e N e w T e s t a m e n t as w e l l as t h e O l d T e s t a m e n t . T h i s r e p r e s e n t s a p r e - O r i g e n i c t e x t ( e v e n t h o u g h c o p i e d o u t l a t e r t h a n t h e Hexapla) o f t h e L X X . O n e b o o k ( D a n i e l ) , h o w e v e r , is n o t f r o m t h e L X X b u t from Theodotion. j . C o d e x S i n a i t i c u s ( A l e p h ) ( c a . A . D . 3 7 5 - 4 0 0 ) —a n o t h e r s p l e n d i d M S , w h i c h also contains t h e N e w T e s t a m e n t complete, a l t h o u g h p o r t i o n s o f the O l d Testament are missing.

T h e l a t e r G r e e k v e r s i o n s a. A q u i l a ' s V e r s i o n . A q u i l a , w h o c a m e f r o m P o n t u s , is s a i d t o h a v e b e come a proselyte to Judaism, and a pupil of Rabbi Aqiba. H i s w o r k was p u b l i s h e d a b o u t A . D . 130, a p p a r e n t l y , a n d p r o v e d t o b e o f a s t r i c t l y l i t e r a l character. H e endeavored t o adhere t o one standard G r e e k e q u i v a l e n t f o r e a c h H e b r e w w o r d , w h e t h e r o r n o t i t m a d e g o o d sense i n G r e e k i n e a c h c o n t e x t .

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