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Old 09-27-2020, 07:50 AM
Steven Avery Steven Avery is offline
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Re: Praying to the Father or Jesus?

Originally Posted by Esaias View Post
Can you cite some examples where his rule fails?
There are multiple versions of "his rule".

And let's put aside for a few minutes the two verses in this thread that are in dispute, and the naive modalism words from early church writers that are said by Granville Sharp rule supporters to contradict the rule.

Let's start with the New Testament claims of Granville Sharp, who wanted to retranslate nine verses from the Authorized Version. (One was an oddball outlier.) Putting aside the outlier and the two under discussion, we end up with six Granville Sharp translation errors.

Remarks on the uses of the definitive article in the Greek text of the New Testament: containing many new proofs of the divinity of Christ, from passages which are wrongly translated in the common English version - (1803) 3rd ed - 148 pg.

Including these six.


Ephesians 5:5 (AV)
For this ye know, that no whoremonger,
nor unclean person,
nor covetous man,
who is an idolater,
hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

Granville Sharp error:
"in the kingdom of (Jesus) the Christ and God” or else to be rendered:
"in the kingdom of Christ, (even) of God"


2 Thessalonians 1:12 (AV)
That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you,
and ye in him,
according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Granville Sharp error:
"according to the grace of the God and Lord of us, Jesus Christ" or
"according to the grace of Jesus Christ, our God and Lord"

FYI: here Sharp rejects the Alexandrian MS., Codex Alexandrinus, because of a period.


1 Timothy 5:21 (AV)
I charge thee before God,
and the Lord Jesus Christ,
and the elect angels,
that thou observe these things without preferring one before another,
doing nothing by partiality.

Granville Sharp error:
"I charge (thee), before Jesus Christ, the GOD and LORD, and (before) the elect angels..." - (for the TR-AV text)


2 Timothy 4:1 (AV)
I charge thee therefore before God,
and the Lord Jesus Christ,
who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;

Granville Sharp error:
"I charge (thee,) therefore, before the God and Lord, Jesus Christ, &c." or
"I charge (thee,) therefore, before Jesus Christ, the God and Lord, who shall judge the quick and the dead, &c."


On this next one, Sharp went to the Byzantine Majority conflation corruption, moving away from the AV because he always puts doctrine over consistency. And I doubt if any English translations from the Byzantine editions use his translation mangling.

Acts 20:28 (AV)
Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock,
over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers,
to feed the church of God,
which he hath purchased with his own blood.

So Sharp wanted the translation:

"To feed the church of the Lord, even of God, which he hath purchased with bis own blood.”

Instead of what is in the Greek Byzantine Majority:

World English Bible
Take heed, therefore, to yourselves, and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the assembly of the Lord and God which he purchased with his own blood.


On this next one, the critical text versions have a corruption, let us look simply at the TR-AV verse.

Jude 1:4 (AV)
For there are certain men crept in unawares,
who were before of old ordained to this condemnation,
ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness,
and denying the only Lord God,
and our Lord Jesus Christ.

Granville Sharp supports and error by Henry Hammond (1605-1660),

“our only Master, God, and Lord, Jesus Christ"

and Sharp says this verse grants Jesus the title:
"the only potentate, God"

And later in Young's Literal there is the strange
"and our only Master, God, and Lord -- Jesus Christ -- denying,"

although Sharp is concerned that this, along with the great God of Titus 2:13 in his errant translation, might be too Sabellian! However, per Sharp, if you understand:

"the unquestionable existence of three divine persons in one only divine nature, or Godhead" p. 61

combined with the explanation on p. 65-66, you "will not ... seem to exceed the truth."


So let us start with these six blunders by Granville Sharp.

(We will skip his Philippians 3:3 blunder.)

Last edited by Steven Avery; 09-27-2020 at 09:13 AM.
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