Tares Among The Wheat And Bridge To Babylon

In these follow up videos to A Lamp In The Dark, the film series dives into the deep and rich history and controversy surrounding the non-Textus Receptus-based translations which all modern day translations are based upon. The second film — Tares Among The Wheat — carefully details how the two main manuscripts used for the basis of the non-TR came to be, and the mysteries surrounding them. For example, if it wasn’t bizarre enough that the primary text upon which the non-TR translations are based upon was being burned by monks in a random Catholic sanctuary (only to be saved at the last second by a random scholar over multiple visits spanning 15 years) … it’s even more bizarre to learn that a well-known and another respected ancient manuscript scholar of the time claimed the found document wasn’t old at all — but that he wrote the document in question years earlier, for royalty, as a gift!

From there a variety of people like Westcott and Hort are discussed — the two individuals largely responsible for the claimed “more accurate” Greek text that every non-KJV translation nowadays uses. The films do a wonderful and extremely detailed job explaining how these individuals thought, whose company they often kept, what their motivations were and the great lengths they went to promote whatever they were working on.

The third film goes even more in-depth with name after name from the 1800s onward, detailing just how complex and widespread the coordinated attack against the Word of God (and the KJV specifically, since the reformation) has become and how it has intensified in recent centuries. The one complaint I have with Bridge to Babylon? The large amount of screen time devoted to James White, an author of a book criticizing the KJV. While I do believe the film includes him to give balance to the narrative, so watchers are aware that the filmmakers know of other opinions, his multiple appearances are confusing if you don’t pay close attention. That’s not a guy on the side of truth.

There’s apparently another part in the series, but it won’t be released for another couple of years. But with each film clocking in at three hours, and nothing being filler, it’s worth the wait to hear what these filmmakers have to say next. Until then, be sure to watch both of these (available now for free, on Amazon Prime).

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