Sunday, March 3, 2013

Texts Jesus Used

He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it he found the place where it is written: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me...
Luke 4:16-18

There used to be a joke about the poor, dumb Fundamentalists, (like me) who supposedly said, "I want the Bible Jesus used." But how dumb is this when referring to the above quotation from Luke? I am certain Jesus did not need to read from a scroll to "get it right", but did it to illustrate to others that he was sticking to a text.

Well it certainly was not a King James he read from, or even an NIV. But the Septuagint is a different matter. This version of the Old Testament was the reference used. It's been around a long time. Jesus also quoted from Masoritic texts, and it could be said these ancient texts do not always agree.

But idioms are not critical to doctrines in this case. Can anyone find a Bible doctrine that is altered by such a disagreement?

Then there are the Dead Sea scrolls. Who can show a meaningful doctrinal difference resulting from the discovery of these texts?

But I am saying the doctrine of hell is not found in any of these sources. It is of Greek origin, not Biblical, and has been adopted by some translators and mistranslates basic Biblical ideas such as grave or pit to mean a fiery place below the Earth where people never die, but are tormented forever.

Original sources? I will honor texts Jesus referred to as being accurate. Erasmus got in late.

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