In this episode of The Bible for Normal People Podcast, Pete and Jared talk with Jennifer Knust as they explore the following questions:
- What is textual transmission?
- How have Bibles changed over time?
- Why do we have so many English translations of the Bible?
- How has our view of the Bible changed overtime?
- When did people start caring about the “original” version of the Bible?
- Is our obsession with the “original” version of the Bible harmful?
- How have we strayed from the historical tradition of the Bible?
- Where do the chapters and verses in the Bible come from?
- Why were chapters and verses added to the Bible?
- Do chapter and verse placements matter?
- How old are the oldest Greek New Testament manuscripts?
- How do Greek manuscripts present multiple interpretations?
- What are the difficulties in translating Greek manuscripts?
- How have different people loved the Bible throughout history?
- How did the Dead Sea Scrolls actually set us back in our understanding of the Bible?
Pithy, shareable, less-than-280-character statements from Jennifer Knust you can share.
- “Every [Bible] translation is always an interpretation.” Jennifer Knust
- “Protestants have a tradition… that we should assume the importance of the original over and against tradition.” Jennifer Knust
- “We can’t assume every copyist [of biblical manuscripts] had the same attitude towards texts that we do.” Jennifer Knust
- “The Bible is incredibly complicated even if you’re just reading it in English.” Jennifer Knust
- “How wonderful that there were all of these people over centuries who loved these books and tried to copy them correctly as they understood what correctly meant.” Jennifer Knust
- “The Holy Spirit seems to move through people and nature and interaction and prayer. So wouldn’t it work in that way with scripture as well?” Jennifer Knust