"There are more variations among our manuscripts than there are words in the New Testament."
Bart Ehrman (, Misquoting Jesus—The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why, first paperback edition (San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 2007), 7, 90.
Bart D. Ehrman /ərmən/ (born October 5, 1955) is an American New Testament scholar, currently the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a leading scholar in his field, having written and edited over 25 books, including three college textbooks, and has also achieved acclaim at the popular level, authoring five New York Times bestsellers. Ehrman's work focuses on textual criticism of the New Testament, the historical Jesus, and the development of early Christianity.
And while some sources claim the NIV Bible has outsold the King James version, it is not the most well-known, most quoted, or most read.
I know who Bart Ehrman is; believe it or not, I've read his work- Christians aren't necessarily closed-minded knuckle-dragging Neanderthals. My issue with the Ehrman quote is that an error and a variation aren't necessarily the same thing, and variations in the text don't indicate a lack of reliability. I completely agree that there are variations in the multitudes of manuscripts. Here's the thing though- it's not like one version of the Gospel of Matthew says "He is risen" and another says "He is in the tomb." The interesting thing is, the Greek manuscripts don't diverge wildly on matters of doctrine, whether in the Gospels, Acts, Epistles, or Revelation.
Some of the errors/variations (same thing) are extremely minor. Most of them are. Such as variations in spelling or word order. Others are pretty significant. That's not really the point, though. The point is we do not know exactly what the words of any of these books originally were, and this is a pretty appropriate point to raise when responding to people quibbling over minor differences in phrasing from one translation to the next. My statement as written was accurate.
"Error: a deviation from accuracy or correctness; a mistake"
"Variation =/= Error"
Please don't yell at me, i'm sorry I said words. I'm not trying to get involved in this conversation or anything, just taking that straight out of the dictionary. I understand the dictionary might be wrong, just tell me if it is, but PLEASE don't get angry PLEASE, I'M SORRY! I DIDN'T MEAN TO DISAGREE WITH THE MIGHTY KAL! I'M SORRY!!! OKAY? I'M SORRY!!!
methinks someone doesn't know the meaning of this phrase.
Unless you're directing it at CB or Jenkins, in which case, yeah, you're probably right.
Just. Ice cream.
That is all.
Then I realised that it is funny WHICHEVER QUOTE YOU INSERT IT INTO. Try it!