Why did the New Testament writers quote from the Septuagint (LXX)? Did they favor the Septuagint over the original Hebrew text of the Old Testament?… Read More Did the Apostles Favor the Septuagint?
Johnann Gerhard Theological Commonplaces: On the Nature of Theology and Scripture § 73. The canonical books of the Old Testament have the testimony of the Israelite church. Those controversial books [i.e. the Apocrypha] lack the testimony of the Israelite church. Therefore [the Apocrypha is not canonical]. Proof of the Major Premise. We prove the major… Read More The Oracles of God Committed unto the Jews
Johann Gerhard Theological Commonplaces: On the Nature of Theology and Scripture Chapter XIV: On The Integrity of the Hebrew Text in the Old Testament The Hebrew text is not corrupt. § 318. Among the arguments with which the Papists labor to carry their point that the Hebrew text of the Old Testament is not the… Read More The Purity of the Masoretic Text
…afterwards, for the better preserving and propagating of the truth, and for the more sure establishment and comfort of the Church against the corruption of the flesh, and the malice of Satan and of the world, to commit the same wholly unto writing (Prov 22:19-21; Isa 8:19-20; Mat 4:4, 7, 10; Luke 1:3-4; Rom 15:4); which… Read More The Necessity of God’s Word in Written Form
We have written previously on The Preservation of Scripture that God has kept his written word pure for the Church through all ages in the Hebrew and Greek faithful copies (apographa). We continue in this post by precisely explaining how he did so “by his singular care and providence.” First we will briefly discuss the nature of providence, then distinguish… Read More The Providence of God in Preserving Scripture
One of the benefits that God gave Israel as his covenanted people was committing to them the oracles of God. What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision? Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God (Rom. 3:1-2). As the Gentile Church has been made partaker in the spiritual benefits that Israel… Read More The Preservation of Scripture