acts 8:37 meaning
November 13th, 2020

Below we will discuss the evidence for and against the authenticity of Acts 8:37, which is removed in almost all modern Bibles, with the exception of just a few. Water! As God's chosen people, Israel believed in the Lord their God, with Whom they had made a covenant at Sinai. There is no reason why a scribe would remove this verse, especially considering it’s importance to the early church which placed a high level of importance on the sacred church sacraments, like baptism. WOW, what a revelation that must have been.. when they finally realised that Jesus was the Christ - the Messiah of Israel, the Saviour of the world - and the Son of God, Who was also GOD THE SON. However, the Alexandrian text-types are dated as old as the 2nd century CE. It was in an Egyptian style codex that is believed to have been about 220 pages originally, though only 30 exist today. There is no reason why scribes should have omitted the material, if it had originally stood in the text. And he answered and said, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God." This is the earliest text-type that we have for the NT manuscripts. Anything entrusted to man will bear our marks of imperfection. A similar manuscript (multi-lingual) exists which includes Acts 8:37 and it goes by the title of Codex D [Codex Claromontanus]. Often the inconsistencies in the early manuscripts were due to scribal mistakes or footnotes that were added into the actual text during copying. The A Codex [Codex Alexandrinus] is a 5th century (c. 400-440 CE) Greek codex that is also in Greek Uncials. However, the phrase “τὸν χριστὸν Ἰησοῦν” does actually appear two other time in Acts (other than in the omitted verse 37). Another comment used Proverbs for illustration. In fact, the Catholic Douay-Rheims New Testament includes Acts 8:37: “And Philip said: If thou believest with all thy heart, thou mayest. On the other side of the argument, Bruce Metzger provides an equally appealing explanation for why the verse is not in modern Greek textual apparatuses. Metzger also points out that “τὸν Ἰησοῦν Χριστόν” (Jesus the Christ) is not an expression that Luke uses. The general argument when discussing a Bible translation should be based on a single question: what best represents the original manuscripts? However, I do not think that his confession was originally part of the Greek text. In even later manuscripts the verse is more consistent. Acts 8:37 as a marginal note in a late Greek manuscript used by Erasmus. Meaning it’s out of character for Luke. It was subsequently “washed” and written over with another text, likely in the 12th century CE. The KJVO advocates are quick to point this omission out and they usually claim some nefarious scheme by Bible translators to remove the gospel from the Bible. I have the words of eternal life. The א [aleph] codex which also does not include vs 37 is a Greek Uncial (written in all CAPS) that dates to about 330-360 CE. If archaeology uncovers such a version then I think this debate would need to be reconsidered. None of his prophets or messengers were perfect but God still used them to deliver His word. There is much information about how early 4th Century Rome had Alexandria produce new Greek texts for Rome, and natually the words in Acts 8:37 were not present, having been pulled a century earlier. Can you cite any sources for your studies? It’s likely that the manuscript tradition it followed was the Latin, not the older Greek. In cases like these it’s easy to assume that the verse was an addition. Among modern biblical scholars who do textual work, it’s regarded as the most accurate witness to the original Greek manuscripts of the NT. So he commanded the chariot to stand still. At this point most textual critics would agree that the readings from the older manuscripts would more accurately represent the originals. The Concentration Of Spiritual Energy (part 1). It’s only of the largest and most complete biblical manuscripts that has been found in Greek. Since we do not have a single original manuscript scholars must use the existing ones and piece together what they believe to most accurately represent the originals. However, they did not understand that salvation of their soul, (in the spiritual, heavenly realm), had to precede the rescue of their nation from their bitter enemies - (in the physical, earthly realm). What does Acts chapter 8 mean? This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Codex C [Codex Ephraemi Rescriptus] is a 5th century (c. 450 CE) and is unique to manuscripts in that it’s been recycled. The only early patristic witnesses to Acts 8:37 are the two mentioned above. But then Acts 8:37 got in the way of the above plan, because clearly Acts 8:37 makes belief in Jesus’ death on the cross a necessary prerequisite to even being allowed to be bapitzed, and since babies cannot speak for themselves, this verse had to go, so they pulled it, declaring that the pope had the authorty to change scripture, being he was viewed as Christ on Earth by the church at Rome. aWhat prevents me from being baptized?”, 37 [1 And Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”] (Acts 8:36-37 NASB). We have thousands of manuscripts and only some of them disagree with each other. Having repented of their sins and returned to God of their fathers, they also had to come to an understanding that Jesus was indeed, the promised Messiah and the Son of God! The passage, as retained by the KJV and the NKJV, italicized below says. That being said, there is a case for including verse 37, even if we do not have it in our oldest and (supposedly) more accurate manuscripts. These messages were passed along orally for many years before someone compiled them in written form. Much of it was still decipherable and in good enough condition to apply a dating to the text. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. It’s quite possible that a Greek version existed in Irenaeus’ time the did include this confession, but is now lost to history. The formula πιστεύω … Χριστόν was doubtless used by the early church in baptismal ceremonies, and may have been written in the margin of a copy of Acts. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. Heavenly Father. This late Latin reading is the version that we have in the KJV. The oldest Greek manuscripts do NOT contain verse 37. The early Latin manuscripts include variants of this verse but they differ greatly and are dated later than the Greek manuscripts. It should be noted too that τὸν Ἰησοῦν Χριστόν is not a Lukan expression. Only God is perfect. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. His writings predate the known manuscripts. We could go on examine the other manuscripts listed by Metzger but they are much later in date. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God." Luckily for us modern day readers a portion of Acts was in those 30 pages. Bruce Metzger is regarded by many academics as the god-father of Biblical Greek. Acts 8:37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest.

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