Differences between the TR and the Majority Text

Often KJVO advocates will confuse the Textus Receptus with the Majority Text.  When called on it, they will inevitably say that there are no significant differences from the two.  In fact, many times, their position depends on the two of them being equal, because one of the underpinnings of KJVO is that “God has preserved His Word in the majority of Greek manuscripts.”

In actuality, there are 1,838 differences between the Majority Text and the TR (Daniel Wallace, Some Second Thoughts on the Majority Text, http://www.bible.org/page.asp?page_id=673).  Although most are considered to be minor, there are some huge differences such as the omission of entire verses or phrases.  Here’s two examples (the parts missing from the Majority Text are in bold):

  • I John 5:7-8 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
  • Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.

David Cloud, lauded King James Only defender, lists some of the differences between the TR and the MT on this page, http://www.wayoflife.org/articles/majoritytext.htm.


Quick Book Review: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Neverwhere is a dark, humorous tale about a mundane everyday guy, who suddenly finds his dull, safe world turned inside out when he decides to help an injured girl he and his fiance find lying on the sidewalk on their way to an important dinner.

Neverwhere’s what-if question is, “What if the discarded elements of society actually had an important role somewhere?” The bums who you pass on the street without noticing are actually a functioning part of an underworld London. Forgotten alleys and train stations also end up here.

Those who have been touched by this unseen world become very easy to ignore. Such is the case with Richard Mayhew, whose act of naive generosity literally ruins his life and earns him the ire of the villainous Messrs Croup and Vandemar, who are the most well-written villains in any novel I’ve read in a long time.

Although it didn’t detract from the story at all, it felt like I was missing out on some of the “insider stuff” having never been to London. Such as all of the references to places in London like Harrod’s, Knightsbridge, etc. If you can accept that you might not catch all of the cultural references (or if you already know them or determine that you will look them up when you come to them), Neverwhere is a very entertaining read.