The Telephone Game VS. The New Testament: Has the New Testament Been Changed Over Time?

by Steve DiSebastian

Often skeptics try to dismiss the New Testament by saying it has been changed over time like the Telephone Game that you may have played in school as a child.

In the Telephone Game, someone whispers a sentence into someone’s ear, and then the second person whispers the sentence into another person’s ear and so on down the line. When the last person receives the sentence, he says it out loud for all to hear. In the vast majority of cases, the sentence is severely corrupted by the time it reaches the end of the line.

A basic understanding of textual criticism shows us why the telephone game analogy is downright inaccurate. Sure, textual criticism doesn’t sound all that exciting, but I believe understanding this is essential for a Christian.

As you’ll see, anyone claiming “the telephone game analogy” concerning the New Testament is basing that belief on assumption and not research or physical evidence.

THE MANUSCRIPTS

For the New Testament, we have about 5,686 ancient manuscripts in the original Greek, either in part or in whole. Plus, there are about 9,000 other ancient manuscripts of the New Testament books in other languages. No other ancient written document comes anywhere close to having this vast wealth of physical evidence…
 
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