Wescott and Hort


Westcott and Hort.  Ah, there are two names that strike fear and anger into your hearts… NOT.   ((LoL!!)) Pro’bly never heard of them, have you?  Well, they’re Bible translators.  Non-believing, not-inspired Bible translators.

But Anna!  You say. You can’t mean that if someone isn’t a Christian they can’t translate the Bible!!  I don’t mean that at all.  I do, however, mean that people who don’t love the Word, who don’t believe it’s inspired of God, who don’t study it’s depth and history… and most importantly, who aren’t given the gift of the Spirit to help in the work of the translation, can’t possibly do it accurately.

And so it was with Westcott and Hort.  They didn’t even have noble reasons for wanting to translate it! They openly declared that their mission was to rid the world of the Authorised Version (or KJV), which they say they “hated”.  Not exactly the kind of ambition that might be called ‘God-inspired’.

These two men did their share of the work… but they did it in a very bad way.  Remember that Codex Vatianus that Erasmus rejected because it was untrustworthy?  That was the Codex that Westcott and Hort chose to write their translation from… along with the Codex Sinaiticus.  Together, these two texts are considered by scholars to be the two worst manuscripts (with Codex B and Codex Aleph coming in behind).

As if this wasn’t a big enough problem, there’s also their testimony in reference to the Bible:  Westcott and Hort refused to accept it as the infallible, inerrant, inspired Word of God, and nowhere can you find in their writings a statement that they believed in the verbally, inspired Word of God. That’s not a good statement!

Would you like to hear some of their own statements?

“Evangelicals seem to me perverted rather than untrue.”   -F.J.A. Hort.  1858

“No-one now, I suppose, holds that the first three chapters of Genesis, for example, give a literal history – I could never understand how anyone reading them with open eyes could think they did.”  – Westcott, writing to the Archbishop of Canterbury March 4th., 1890 – Westcott, ‘Life of Westcott’, Vol. 2, P69.

“I am inclined to think that no such state as ‘Eden’ ever existed…”  – Hort.  ‘Life of Hort’, Vol. 1, p78.

I entirely agree — correcting one word — with what you there say on the atonement, having for many years believed that “the absolute union of the Christian (or rather, of man) with Christ Himself” is the spiritual truth of which the popular doctrine of substitution is an IMMORAL AND MATERIAL COUNTERFEIT ….. Certainly nothing could be more unscriptural than the modern limiting of Christ’s bearing our sins and sufferings to His death; but indeed that is only one aspect of an almost universal HERESY (2,b,(1), 1st ed., p. 192). (op. cit., pp. 8-9).

While the King James Version is founded squarely on the Textus Receptus, which is in 90-95% agreement with the five thousand extant Greek manuscripts, the Westcott and Hort text is in disagreement with them just about as much.  Yet another red flag that should have you sitting up in your seat.

And what is the name of this corrupted version that they completed in 1881?  Revised Version.   Surprised?  I was, too.  And what’s worse?  Nearly all other versions since, including the NIV, NASV, NLT, RSV, and more are based on this version or on its methodology.

This should make Christians wince a little. Why? Let me put it this way – if a man says he hates children, would you entrust him with your baby for a week?  Westcott and Hort claimed to hate the Word of God.  Do you trust their translation?  Do I?  Considering the two codex they used… considering their testimonies next to those of the 1611 bunch… considering their stance on Christianity…

There are TONS of sites out there outlining more of the heresies of Westcott and Hort… with documentation from their own works, eyewitnesses, and their texts.  I have just so much space, though, so I leave you with a little food for though in the bits I’ve given you.  I’ll be showing you some of these heresies and perversions as we look at some of the different Bible versions in the coming days.

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