Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Tuesday Duo

1-The Gorillas will be returning in 2006! We tried to practice Saturday, but got ice-drizzled out. Seriously, I actually skidded twice on the way to church Sunday. It wasn't much of a skid, but it was actual ice!

2-There are over 300,000 discrepancies between the 6000 or so Greek manuscripts and fragments we use to form the Greek New Testament. However, 99% of those are spelling differences and such like potato or potatoe. It remains the single-most perfectly preserved text in history, followed by the Old Testament. My prof says, "we have the original texts and more." Our scholars spend much of their effort in trimming away the excess. After that, they add punctuation and paragraphs--neither of which exist in the manuscripts. And, there are another 10,000 Latin manuscripts to wrestle through (the language that Rome would bring). So, when we read the Bible, we interpret. Always. It keeps us humble to recognize the work of centuries of scholars who have so carefully sorted through so much. And yet, no real scholar has ever attacked the Bible on the grounds of it's preservation and authenticity. That's why the DaVinci Code is thin--it tries to cast doubt on something that study would quickly dispell. Ok, I haven't read it yet. I'll probably wait on the movie.

Sorry--I was trying to be short...

7 comments:

f1rststory said...

ummm, the davinci code is a novel. always has been, always will be. It's like taking a case from a john grisham book and applying it to a real life trial.

http://www.danbrown.com/novels/davinci_code/faqs.html

Wendy said...

Go Gorillas and let's not forget the Shamrocks! Go Shamrocks!

AmberShea said...

Steve ~ Tom Oyler is teaching a Breaking the DaVInci code series leading up to Easter. I am pretty excited about it. ~ Amber

Johnny T said...

Did you guys know I auditioned for a John Grisham Movie-The Client. I didn't get it.
Are the Gorillas your daughter's soccer team, the one you coach?

Steve said...

Yep--that's my team!

f1rststory said...

yeah, i remember you telling me that, JT. Although, something about the ears kept you from getting it, right?

01cent said...

Steve, you make a great mascot....