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Metzger the deceiver (Text. Crit.)
Greetings, all,

The following article is written from the Old Syriac perspective, but, in so far as Metzger's deception is concerned, this shouldn't really make any difference. And Part 2 of this article (coming up) will be even more relevant to the Peshitta supporters.


[Part 1]

So here's some more evidence to demonstrate just how dishonest our modern New Testament scholarship is, and the NT Textual Criticism in particular.

Dr. Bruce Metzger is considered as one of the leading lights of modern Textual Criticism of the New Testament. He's one of the members of the United Bible Societies Editorial Committee, the elite group of Textual Critics who actually determine how the standard gospel text should read in Greek... Yes, these are the folks who actually define what your Bible will say to you.

And this man is a deceiver!

So this is how he deceives the public,

[quote from Metzger]

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"We have no records in manuscript form of the gospels in Aramaic. There are no Aramaic documents of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John left. All we have are Greek documents of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. "

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So here we have it in black and white, straight from the horse's mouth... And it is all a straight misrepresentation!

Metzger made these comments in 1992, during a question and answer period after a lecture that he delivered for The Foundation for Biblical Research in Charlestown, NH (now known as the "Center for Scriptural Studies"). It is safe to assume that his audience mostly consisted of non-academics, pastors and lay-people. So, no doubt, they believed everything he said without further question... After all, he's the Big Expert, isn't he?

No doubt, Metzger knows very well what the real situation with ancient Aramaic manuscripts is -- didn't he describe them in detail in some of his many books? But very few of that audience that he was addressing that day probably read his books, especially the more technical ones... so he felt free to deceive them, it seems!

In actual fact, of course, our oldest Aramaic manuscripts of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are just as old as our best Greek MSS of the gospels. (Here's some more info about them,

The Old Syriac Aramaic Gospels
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So Metzger knew about it, and yet he knowingly deceived the public... He lied!

So this is how this "Jesus the Greek" Cult operates... Yes, dear friends, what I'm saying is that our whole mainstream New Testament academic establishment is nothing other than a weird cult of "Jesus the Greek"!

In the last 100 years or so, they all but suppressed the precious witness of the ancient Aramaic manuscripts of the gospels, written as they were in the language that is very close to what Jesus, himself, spoke.

Make no mistake, these ancient Aramaic texts are very different from their Greek counterparts. What they say is quite simply _very different_ in many particulars -- in hundreds and thousands of passages... Only an out and out deceiver will claim that these ancient Aramaic texts were the straight translations from our canonical Greek texts. They are as different from our canonical Greek texts as can be, so how can they be "translations"?

So, I'd like to ask, Why are these mainstream scholars like Metzger still covering up those ancient Aramaic gospels? And I suggest it's because of a deep-seated and systemic racism in our University system. They really _want_ to see Yeshua the Greek at the bottom of that well! So this is what they see, and the hard textual evidence be damned.

So this is the Great Aramaic Cover-up, folks! And the professional deceivers like Dr. Bruce Metzger have certainly done plenty of work to put it into place.


Yuri Kuchinsky | Toronto | <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href=""></a><!-- m -->

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Metzger the deceiver (Text. Crit.) - by yuku - 10-21-2003, 07:12 PM
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Re: Metzger the deceiver (Text. Crit.) - by Craig - 10-21-2003, 07:56 PM
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