From "The Answer Book" ©1989 Samuel C. Gipp. Reproduced by permission
QUESTION: Don't the best manuscripts support the new
ANSWER: No. The best manuscripts support the Bible, the
EXPLANATION: The new versions are only supported by
about five of the over 5,000 manuscripts of Bible text. Critics of
the Bible claim that these manuscripts are better than those used
by the translators of the Authorized Version. This is not so.
The two most prominent of these, Vaticanus, which is sole
property of the Roman Catholic Church, and Sinaiticus are both
known to be overwhelmed with errors. It is said that Sinaiticus has
been corrected and altered by as many as ten different writers. In
Vaticanus is found the evidence of very sloppy workmanship.
Time and again words and whole phrases are repeated twice in
succession or completely omitted. While the entire manuscript has
had the text mutilated by some person or persons who ran over
every letter with a pen making exact identification of many of the
Both manuscripts contain uninspired, anti-scriptural books which
are not found in the Bible.
The only place where these error laden, unreliable manuscripts
excel is in the quality of the materials used on them. They have
good bindings and fine animal skin pages. Their physical
appearance, contrary to their worthless texts, are really rather
attractive. But then we have all heard the saying, "You can't tell a
book by it's cover". The covers are beautiful but their texts are
And yet in spite of these well known corruptions, they are the
basis for many new versions such as the New American Standard
Version and the New International Version rendering these
versions critically flawed and unreliable.
The manuscripts represented by the King James Bible have texts
of the highest quality. So we see that the best manuscripts are
those used by the King James translators.