This excerpt taken from Greek for the Rest of Us by William D. Mounce serves as a primer for understanding why Greek manuscripts differ and how the Bible has come down to us through the centuries.
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The History of the Bible and Textual Criticism
In my opening discussion, “What Would It Look Like If You Knew a Little Greek?” (pp. xi–xvii), I give two examples of different translations. The first was what the angels said to the shepherds, and I pointed out how these two are substantially different.
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (KJV)
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased. (RSV)
I also talked about how some translations stop at Mark 16:8 while others go on to
verse 20, including v 18, which talks about Christians handling snakes and drinking poison.
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