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A Review of “Our Authorized Bible Vindicated,” by B. G. Wilkinson, Page 1

A Review of “Our Authorized Bible Vindicated,” by B. G. Wilkinson

[CD-ROM Editor’s Note: The author of this typewriter-written document is not listed, but it was prepared by a committee, with W. E. Howell as chairman, thus his name as author. Original paging was by Section. These pages numbers have been left in the text at their original locations, but running page numbers have been supplied throughout.]


Section I: A Survey of the General Features of the Volume1
   Violates Primal Laws of Evidence1
   Confuses Appreciation with Attack4
   Thrusts Odium Upon Users of A.R.V6
   Principles Governing the Translators7
   The Revival of a Century-Old Claim10
   The Argument Upon the “Itala”12
   Unfair and Untrustworthy Criticism17
   Misuse of Authorities21
   The Case of the Hexapla26
   Misquotation of Authorities28
   Conflict with the Spirit of Prophecy31
   Sister White’s Use of the Revised Version33
   Bible Society Translations Not Confined to A.V36
   A Strangely Related Discovery38
   An Epitome of the Findings of This Section40
Section II: On the Bible MSS in General43
   The Received Text49
   The Vaticanus Manuscript54
   Changes in the Authorized Version59
   MSS Available in 1611 and Now60
Section III: Review of the Scripture Texts Cited in Chapters Six, Eleven and Twelve63
   CHAPTER VI. “Comparisons to Show How the Jesuit Bible Reappears in the ARV”66
   CHAPTER XI “Blow After Blow Against The Truth”77
   CHAPTER XII “Blow after Blow in Favor of Rome”98
Summary on Scriptures Examined111
   General Summary119

Section I: A Survey of the General Features of the Volume

Two vital facts immediately appear upon opening the volume to the title page. The first is the hidden identity of the printers, as there is no imprint of any publisher whatsoever. It is significant that the manuscript was neither submitted to nor published by any accredited Seventh-day Adventist publishing house. In other words, the authorization of the book itself is not vindicated as an approved denominational production. It was published in disregard of General Conference counsel, and over the plea of the executive officers that agitation of this question should cease.

In immediate connection with this first fact—that of the unnamed publisher—is the inseparable second point that, despite the unauthorized character of this volume and the anonymity of the printer, the author seeks to fortify the standing and influence of his book by the use of his official title in a Seventh-day Adventist college, thus creating the impression that it represents the views of the denomination.

Violates Primal Laws of Evidence

The opening statement at the head of Chapter I is an extract from a journal named “The Herald and Presbyter.” This journal is not listed in Ayer’s “Directory of Newspapers and Periodicals.” And according to official information “The Herald and Presbyter” is no longer published, but was several years ago merged with another independent weekly called “The Presbyterian.”

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