Re: Dating flood by Bible chronology vs. YEC

Date: Fri May 10 2002 - 16:45:18 EDT

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    Hi Dick,

    You wrote: I'll end with this and you can have the last word. (I learned
    that sly technique from Glenn.)

    Does that mean my last word was supposed to have been my last last word, or
    does it mean my last word is supposed to be my next last word? Maybe I'd
    better ask Glen.

    I pointed out that Smith's Bible Dictionary tells us regarding Luke's second
    Cainan: "It seems certain that his name was introduced into the genealogies
    of the Greek Old Testament in order to bring them into harmony with the
    genealogy of Christ in St. Luke's Gospel." And I said that, "Overzealous
    copyists have done all sorts of things just like that over the years in
    misguided attempts to help out God. One similar example that comes to mind
    can be found in your King James Bible in 1 John 5:7,8."

    You replied: That's why I defer to archaeologists and historians with the
    date of
    2900 BC for the flood. ... That's a good way to avoid the pitfalls of
    "overzealous copyists."

    That statement seems to say you believe that the Bibles we now have may
    contain major copying errors which may make them entirely unreliable in some
    important areas of study. I don't believe that is the case. I believe God has
    now brought to light all significant corruptions which crept into some
    ancient copies of the scriptures and into some modern Bible translations over
    the years. This includes His making us aware of the fact that the second
    Cainan which appears in nearly all late manuscript copies of Luke, and nearly
    all modern translations of the New Testament, was not a part of Luke's Gospel
    at the time Luke wrote it.

    I believe that with the Bibles we now have, along with information now in our
    possession telling us of the very few significant copying errors which they
    likely contain, we are able to utilize the chronological information recorded
    in scripture to assign actual historical dates to many of the most important
    events recorded in the pages of the Old and New Testaments. I believe this
    includes the chronological information that is recorded in the Genesis


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