Monday, November 18, 2019

Talking Christianity Apologetics Podcast (Part 1)

           Yesterday I was interviewed by Joshua Gibbs at the Talking-Christianity Apologetics podcast, for a friendly discussion about New Testament textual criticism, the early history of the New Testament text, Equitable Eclecticism, the nature of the Byzantine Text, and some questions involving Mark 16:9-20 and John 7:53-8:11.  Despite a few gaffes on my part – at one point, I repeatedly called Eusebius “Erasmus,” and said “Mark” a couple times when I meant to say “John,” and momentarily forgot where the Pentecost-lection begins, and somehow put Irenaeus in the 200s instead of the 100s  I am happy with the overall result.
            Here’s the video of the podcast, which lasts a little more than an hour and 41 minutes.  Hopefully Part 2 will commence early next year.

1 comment:

Matthew M. Rose said...

In connection to the comments made at and around the 90 min mark.

I'm not quite sure if anyone has pointed this out in this context *but*, it should be remembered that the early lectionary mss. and system(s) were created before the division of chapters and verses in the NT. This predicament would greatly increase the difficulty of both locating and identifying the beginning and end of any particular passage for public reading. Anyone who has spent any time researching the various mss. of the Greek NT is all too aware of this. Without verse divisions it becomes essential (& tedious) to mark the starting point and/or ending point of a particular Lection reading. The act of placing Church Lections in order would greatly simplify, as well as expedite the process. Point being, the lack of a universally accepted chapter and verse division should be viewed as 'at play' here. Nobody wants to witness an unprepared preacher scuffling through the local Sacred codex trying to locate this or that reading (as Mr.Snapp illustrated). Best to have such things set properly in order.