New Testament

Week 2: Origins & translation of the New Testament

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13 September 2018


Modern Bible Translations

Additional reading and links

  • For a very accessible and easy-to-read introduction to the differences between early manuscripts of the New Testament, I highly recommend Bart Ehrman’s book Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible And Why (New York: HarperSanFrancisco, 2005). Ehrman is one of the leading scholars on the text of the New Testament. You can read his book online for free at the link above, or purchase it in print or for Kindle for less than $20 at


Bart Ehrman gave the following lecture at Loyola Marymount University on 24 January 2013. His topic was “What Kind of a Text is the King James Bible? Manuscripts, Translation, and the Legacy of the KJV.” (Skip to 9:33 to get to his remarks.)