NT scholars face an embarrassment of riches compared to the data the classical Greek and Latin scholars have to contend with. The average classical author’s literary remains number no more than twenty copies. We have more than 1,000 times the manuscript data for the NT than we do for the average Greco-Roman author. Not only this, but the extant manuscripts of the average classical author are no earlier than 500 years after the time he wrote. For the NT, we are waiting mere decades for surviving copies. The very best classical author in terms of extant copies is Homer: manuscripts of Homer number less than 2,400, compared to the NT manuscripts that are approximately ten times that amount.

via An Interview with Daniel B. Wallace on the New Testament Manuscripts – Justin Taylor.

Interesting interview, read the whole piece at the link above.

UPDATE: The attempt to undermine the integrity and authenticity of the biblical manuscripts often has as its goal the destruction of biblical authority. As one of many attempts, people grasp at scribal straws to disparage the Bible as the word of God which must be heard and obeyed.

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