Our Authorized Bible Vindicated
Our Authorized Bible Vindicated is a book written by Seventh-day Adventist scholar Benjamin G. Wilkinson advocating the King James Only (KJO) position, published in 1930. It asserted that some of the new versions of the Bible coming out, came from manuscripts with corruptions introduced into the Septuagint with additional texts, which came to be called "Apocrypha", and manuscripts with deletions and changes from corrupted Alexandrian text brought in by manuscript readings in the Greek New Testament adopted by Brooke Foss Westcott and Fenton John Anthony Hort. While King-James-Only advocacy existed prior to the writing of this book, many of the arguments in the book have since become set talking-points of many who support the belief, thanks in large part to Baptist Fundamentalist preacher David Otis Fuller, who adopted them into much of his own material, such as the book, Which Bible?.
Arguments made in the bookEdit
Among the assertions the book helped propagate in support of the Authorized King James Version were arguments against Brooke Westcott and Fenton Hort, arguments that corruptions were introduced into the Septuagint by Origen, a belief in two textual streams (the "pure" Antiochian (Byzantine) text, and the "bad" Alexandrian text), a belief in the superiority of the Textus Receptus for the New Testament and the Masoretic Text for the Old Testament, and so on.
Those who preferred not to use the Textus Receptus, such as Westcott and Hort, used what Wilkinson claimed were corrupted manuscripts and which other authorities on the textual issue such as John Burgon, called it a "fabricated text", and "among the most corrupt documents extant" and likens the manuscripts used as to the "two false witnesses" of Matthew 26:60 the Codex Vaticanus and the Codex Sinaiticus. The Codex Vaticanus that has come down to us had portions which have been collated and changed or edited by several scribes over the centuries, with many exclusions and errors that were intended to be corrections made in the process, while the Codex Sinaiticus has known textual variants in its text and exclusions.
As can be seen in the book, Wilkinson claims that the Old Latin version, instead of the Vulgate, was the Bible of the medieval Waldensians and that the Old Latin corresponds textually with the Greek Textus Receptus. The Textus Receptus constituted the translation base for the original German Luther Bible, for the translation of the New Testament into English by William Tyndale, the King James Version, and for most other Reformation-era New Testament translations throughout Western and Central Europe.
- Burgon, Revision Revised, p. 9.
- Burgon, Revised Revision, p. 48.
- Burgon, Revision Revised, p. 9.
- Metzger, Bruce M. (2001). A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament. Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft. pp. 26, 33, 35, 36, 50, 81, 86, 87, 93, 99, 102–106, 187–189, 315, 388, 434, 444. ISBN 3-438-06010-8.
- Philip B. Payne Fuldensis, Sigla for Variants in Vaticanus and 1 Cor 14.34-5, NTS 41 (1995) 252.
- Eberhard Nestle, Erwin Nestle, Barbara Aland and Kurt Aland (eds), Novum Testamentum Graece, 26th edition, (Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 1991), p. 440. [NA26]
- Bruce M. Metzger, Manuscripts of the Greek Bible: An Introduction to Greek Palaeography, New York, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991, p. 74.
- Carlo Maria Martini, La Parola di Dio Alle Origini della Chiesa, (Rome: Bibl. Inst. Pr. 1980), p. 287.
- Bart D. Ehrman, The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture, Oxford University Press, Oxford 1993, p. 60.
- Fee, G. D. (1968-9). Codex Sinaiticus in the Gospel of John, NTS 15, pp. 22-44.
- Bruce M. Metzger (2001). "A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament", Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, Stuttgart: United Bible Societies.
- "The Truth About the Waldensian Bible and the Old Latin Version" Baptist Bible Heritage 2, no. 2 (summer 1991): pgs. 1, 7-8, by Doug Kutilek.
- One Bible Only? Examining Exclusive Claims for the King James Bible by Roy E Beacham and Kevin T Bauder, editors, Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI, 2001, pgs 44, 54.
- Wilkinson, Benjamin G. (1930). Our Authorized Bible Vindicated (PDF).
Articles critical of the book:
- Watch Unto Prayer Traces origin of King James-Onlyism, viewing this book as a forerunner of the movement.
- Critique (RTF) by Alden Thompson, March 24, 1995
- The Unlearned Men Article by Doug Kutilek
Articles supportive of the book: