We are often told that there are no variants in the New Testament that affect core Christian beliefs, yet for some odd reason, we keep coming across scholastic literature by conservative textual critics who continue to prove the opposite, time and time again. Last year I posted a video in response to David Wood’s use of Luke 23:34a that caused a dispute between David/ Sam and other Christian apologists. Once again, scholarship has determined Luke 23:34a to be of significant interest. The verse in question reads as:
“Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
Over on the Evangelical Textual Criticism Blog we read:
“The final variant of this series is, in my view, even more important and one with considerable theological ramifications. Come to think of it, I am not sure if there are many variants that have a bigger impact on New Testament Christology than Luke 23:34a.”
NA26-28 has these words in white square brackets, claiming that these words are certainly not part of the original text of the gospel but have been inserted at an early stage.
Read the full article here.