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Causes of the Corruption of the Traditional Text of the Holy Gospels

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 perhaps the fiercest enemy of the movement Westcott and Hort had begun. Instead of the new compilation, Burgon favored the Textus Receptus, or the collection of Greek texts that provided the material for the King James Version and the German Luther Bible. His treatise The Causes of the Corruption of the Traditional Text of the Holy Gospels compares the Textus Receptus with the Westcott and Hort texts, finding points of disagreement and potential error. Today, many associate Burgon and his arguments with biblical inerrancy.

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John William Burgon
Source: Wikipedia
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Born: 1813
Died: 1888
Related topics: Burgon, John William,--1813-1888, Criticism, interpretation, etc., Finance, Public, Great Britain, Gresham, Thomas,--Sir,--1519?-1579
Basic information: John William Burgon (21 August 1813 – 4 August 1888) was an English Anglican divine who became the Dean of Chichester Cathedral in 1876. He is remembered for his passionate defence of the historicity and Mosaic authorship of Genesis and of Biblical inerrancy in general.
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