Scholars study old manuscripts by analyzing linguistics and writing styles to learn about the authors and the world in which they lived. But researchers are missing a wealth of information they could glean from biological materials in the texts because libraries prohibit invasive sampling of rare and precious books.
â€śItâ€™s even harder to sample a rare book than human fossils or teeth,â€ť Matthew Collins, a biochemist who has spent the last five years studying a 900-year-old copy of the Gospel of Luke, told Science Magazine.
Collins and his team have created a non-damaging way to collect DNA and other biological substances from old manuscripts by sampling tiny fibers librarians pull out of the books when they dry clean the pages....
In 1881, two scholars named Westcott and Hort published a revision of the New Testament that would send shockwaves through the academic world. Their new textual theory declared that the King James Version (which had been trusted for centuries) was full of errors. Sacred readings, long cherished by the faithful, were now declared to be forgeries. The world was informed that the book, which had been called the inerrant Word of God, was in need of correction.
The new theory claimed that recently recovered manuscripts revealed a truer version of Scripture. Yet others warned that these manuscripts were, in fact, the creation of early Gnostic heretics that had been rightly abandoned centuries before. Was the new revision filled with ancient corruptions?
Link to film about the Bibleâ€™s controversial history into the twentieth century, as the work of Westcott and Hort would transform biblical scholarship, inspire the work of various Bible Societies, and pave the way for the cause of ecumenical unity between Evangelical Protestants and Rome
See objections of Dean John W. Burgon concerning the â€śnew Greek textâ€ť invented by Anglican scholars, B.F. Westcott and F.J.A. Hort.
This should be really exciting for a people who wanted to know what was happening in English Abbies back then. I think that's fine that they're having progress in this area. Just wait and see what scientists down the road - - if Christ tarries- - will have to do to analyze floppy disk from our own era. They will be in for a challenge probably greater than these scientists have.