Inspiration and Interpretation: Seven Sermons Preached Before the University of Oxford: With Preliminary Remarks: Being an Answer to a Volume Enti
by John William Burgon
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The late 19th century marked a turning point in biblical criticism. B. F. Westcott
and F. J. A. Hort compiled some of the oldest manuscripts of the New Testament.
Their compilation has served as the template for almost every modern translation of
the Bible. Because of this, people often forget that Westcott and Hort’s critical text
faced considerable controversy. John Burgon was one of Westcott and Hort’s fiercest
detractors, believing that they sought to “modify” the scriptures according to their various
agendas. In his lectures on inspiration and interpretation, Burgon defends the inerrancy of
the Textus Receptus, the collection of Greek texts that provided the material for
the King James Version and the German Luther Bible. Today, people associate Burgon’s
name with biblical inerrancy as well as the Dean Burgon Society, a leader in the King-