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essential guide to bible versions

This section serves as a guide to the English Bible and English Bible translations. This guide should help you understand key points on some history about important ancient manuscripts and significant English translations that have been made throughout history. The book, by Philip Comfort, Ph.D., can also guide you in your selection of Bible versions and give you direction in using each one. View each of the PDFs by clicking on the links below.

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This tool will help you understand terms and words used within this reference.
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Majority Text:
The majority of extant manuscripts, representing the Byzantine text type.
majuscules:
Capital letters used in manuscript copying.
manuscript:
A copy of an ancient text in the language in which it was written.
manuscript stemma:
A genealogical tree of manuscripts with similar texts.
Masoretes:
A school of European Jewish scribes who helped preserve the Old Testament text between A.D. 500 and 1000 and who standardized vowel pointings for the consonantal Hebrew text.
mechanical inspiration:
A view of inspiration in which it is thought that God dictated each word verbally to those who wrote the Scriptural texts.
minuscule manuscript:
A manuscript written in lowercase cursive script.
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