Tag: textual criticism

How tall was Goliath?

According to the Masoretic Text of the Old Testament1 Goliath was six cubits and a span tall, 3.2 metres (9 feet, 6 inches), if measured by the 18 inch cubit, and 3.5 metres (just over 11 feet), if the 21 inch cubit is used. This is a height which is not only highly unlikely for any Iron Age man,2 but […] 

Textual Criticism: Bart Erhman & the New Testament text

The book ‘Misquoting Jesus’ (2005), by Bart Ehrman (a professional textual critic and ex-Christian), has been cited widely as presenting an overwhelming case for the unreliability of the textual transmission of the New Testament. Ehrman’s work is neither a breakthrough nor a revelation.1 2 He raises no new textual difficulties, contributes no new evidence, and in a number of cases […]