The Thin Layer

Many old, handwritten copies of New Testament writings, called manuscripts, survive and are in various places around the world.   Many are in the same language Jesus spoke (Greek).  They're not all the same.  Bible versions used in our day are not the same.  One reason is because editors choose to use different manuscripts as a basis for their Bible versions.  Here we compare the King James Version (KJV) to the New American Standard Version (NASV).  Look at the words in red and compare.  The major diffences trace back to the manuscripts.  The red words agree with the manuscripts noted in parentheses at the end of the verse.  The major Greek manuscripts used here are called Aleph, A, B, and Byz.  Click Here to read about the manuscripts. 



I Thessalonians

II Thessalonians

I Timothy

II Timothy and Titus

Philemon and Hebrews


I & II Peter

I, II, & III John



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