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THE CAREFULNESS OF THE ALEXANDRIAN SCRIBES PROVES NOTHING!
Bob Jones University states that pro Alexandrian scholars believe that the Alexandrian scribes were more careful than the “scribes of Antioch”; that is, the “scribes of the Textus Receptus.” That sounds like a pretty strong argument in favor of the Alexandrian texts. But is it? The pro Alexandrian scholars demonstrate the narrowness of their thinking. They PRESUME that carefulness always accompanies a quality product. Does it? No. For example, a counterfeiter often CAREFULLY produces a quality product – counterfeit money. However, the counterfeit money is a quality product IN ONLY ONE DIMENSION. It is a quality product in that it is an almost perfect duplicate of real money. However, it is NOT a quality product IN THE DIMENSION OF FAIRNESS. Counterfeit money CHEATS PEOPLE!
Thus, we see that:
Carefulness does NOT guarantee a product that is good in all dimensions.
The carefulness of the Alexandrian scribes could have been due to their ignorance of the corrupt nature of the Alexandrian texts or their intention to foist corrupt texts upon the Christian community or a combination of these two factors. Thus, the carefulness of the Alexandrian scribes PROVES NOTHING!