Westcott and Hort: “A corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.” – Matt 7:17

Bart D. Ehrman believes that some of the most known verses of the New Testament were not part of the original text. “These scribal additions are often found in late medieval manuscripts of the New Testament, but not in the manuscripts of the earlier centuries,” he adds. “And because the King James Bible is based on later manuscripts, such verses became part of the Bible tradition in English-speaking lands.”[2] This same sentiment is expressed by Brooke Foss Westcott and Fenton John Anthony Hort.

These three wikipedia articles are meant to be mildly adulatory, but to me it’s like they “declare their sin, they hide it not”. They are the deadly duo, guilty of taking away and adding to the Word of God by the subterfuge of man’s wisdom. They still have “Accuracy Disputed” warnings, with good reason. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westcott-Hort



Besides the below points, they failed to mention the observation about “older” and “newer” manuscripts that the “older” ones only lasted from non-use. The one article does point out that Westcott and Hort claimed that the Sinaiticus and Vaticanus documents were their favorite, that they called them “neutral”. The article does not mention that they are at or near the top of readings contradictory to each other and to the others, and the scriptures they leave out.

They fail to mention the “Shepherd of Hermas”, found with the Sinaiticus, a blatantly dubious screed.

Note two things about those articles about Westcott and Hort. One, they left out their “Ghostly Guild” association, that’s the seance circle they founded. Two, they left out the specific historical denunciations of their Greek NT by their contemporaries, except for a brief half-sentence generalization immediately followed by the “half-lie” that it was generally accepted at the time.

Oh yes, there’s Three: they left out the inside story, shared by Hort’s son later, that:

1. The two did not believe in Creation but praised Darwin for his origins theory.
2. They did not believe the Flood story.
3. They said the expiatory sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross was a brutal barbaric horror.
4. They said the Resurrection was a myth.
5. They said the miracles done by Jesus as told in the NT did not happen.




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