20 July 2011

How Bible Stories Evolved Over the Centuries

How Bible Stories Evolved Over the Centuries (NPR All Things Considered, 17 July 2011)

Excerpts:
Many Christians believe that the words of the New Testament are set in stone. But scholars at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary are chronicling just how much those words have evolved over time. For 11 years, they've combed through the earliest Greek manuscripts of each book in the New Testament and found more than 17,000 pages of variations. Their ultimate goal: the world's first comprehensive, searchable online database showing how the New Testament has changed.

The database is already up. The first explanations go live this fall with two books of the New Testament — Philippians and First Peter. Now, scholars have known about many of these variations for years, but some of the changes might surprise many Christians.
Link: How Bible Stories Evolved Over the Centuries


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