Bart Ehrman: Why Did Some NT Scribes Omit “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” ?

Previously I blogged about dishonest New Testament scribes who changed the New Testament for the reason of sexism. Here we see something similar, another dishonest small change by the New Testament scribes, but the reason this time is Anti-Semitism.

As per this clip of Dr Bart Ehrman, we are talking about this statement which Jesus p is purported to have said; “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” [Luke 23:34]. This saying is omitted in some of the early manuscripts by some of the New Testament scribes. This omission was due to their theological belief – the Jews killed God (they believed Jesus was divine) and the Jews were not forgiven for this.

Again, the thinking Christian will think OK, they caught these dishonest scribes who were changing the texts according to their Anti-Semitism but what material in the New Testament (especially the first four books called ‘Gospels’) did the scribes alter via additions and/or deletions of words/sentences/paragraphs which has gone undetected?

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