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Have those who have followed the Received Text for centuries been sadly deceived? Did God leave the Church without His Word until Sinaiticus was discovered and Vaticanus was made available by the Roman Church in relatively recent history? I do not think so. Even though rejected by many, and existing mainly in late manuscripts, I believe the Received Text to be nearer to the original text that was God-breathed in its every word. The Received Text began with the apostolic churches, manuscripts of which were preserved in places like Pella where Christians found refuge when Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD; in Syrian Antioch (where the disciples were first called Christians); in the Italic church of northern Italy; in the Gallic church of southern France; and by the Celtic church in Britain, which was the form of Christianity in this country long before Augustine brought Romanism and the Latin Vulgate Bible which had been translated by Jerome in the fourth century from an Alexandrian text. Of course, the Received Text was the text of the churches of the Reformation period.

The Authorised Version was translated when England was fighting her way out from Roman Catholicism. The Revised Version of the late nineteenth century was born after 50 years (1833-83) of terrific Romanising campaigns (read particularly about the Oxford Movement of this time). The A.V. may, as a translation of the Majority Text, have its shortcomings, but an honest, Spirit-led exposition of the text will bring us God's Word.

On the other hand, the erroneous text will be found to weaken Christian teaching on the Person of Jesus, on His atoning blood sacrifice, on the work of the Holy Spirit and so on. In Alexandria, Egypt, where many of these spurious documents had their source, dangerous heresies festered, especially Gnosticism (a mixture of Christianity and Greek philosophy.)
At the end of the second century, Clement became head of the Catechetical School there and was teaching Gnosticism. Consequently he had a concept of Jesus which is foreign to Scripture. His pupil, Origen, who succeeded him, continued to pollute Christian teaching with the concepts of Greek philosophy. Of interest and importance to us is the fact that Origen collected, compared and amen ded copies of the Hebrew and Greek scriptures. Contaminated texts were being produced in Alexandria.

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