This beautiful valley of Jezreel/Megiddo will never see an end-time battle
Last-edit: March 20 2018
In defence of the sidelined God Jehovah, Creator of the Universe and Father of Humanity
The Vanishing Act
Why are all early NT manuscripts rarer than hen's teeth?
Oh yeah, there are many thousands of them . . .
but the first three centuries are a vacant lot with a house of cards and no conveniences!
The charts here coupled with a little intense study will tell the tale, while grateful for all the effort behind this great encyclopaedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biblical_manuscript
While 150 years or so, ought to have been enough to gently cook the books for accommodation and survival of place, accuracy of manuscript dating is guesswork at best especially in view of the need for further consolidation of the ruling Christian-Roman amalgam.
By 250 CE the joint venture was sufficiently complete both doctrinally, through an integration of Roman traditions and beliefs into the Christian monotheistic culture and the Roman acceptance of Christian parlance, characters and literature.
By the middle of the fourth Century Christianity was as dead as Israel under the Law had been in Jesus' day.
While searching for oldest New Testament manuscript evidence, I chanced on to this page:
Always wanting to believe in the accuracy and attendant reliability of the ancient texts as a basis for the printed versions of the New Testament, the internal evidence of both testaments suggests rather strongly that this is a myth.
The list of ancient literature in the first chart on that site, cannot be used in evidence of accuracy in NT Scripture, since there was no positional power game at play, for it was neither religious nor had anyone or org been especially assigned in perpetuity to administer these literary gems/histories/documentaries.
The story of the New Testament manuscripts played out altogether differently. Power politics had already reared their ugly heads in Paul's day as congregation elders began jockeying for more lucrative leading positions when early expectations yielded to pre-recorded selfish ambitions coupled with mutual acceptance of Christians and Rome.
Why are New Testament manuscripts ever so rare during the first 250 years of the messianic age ? Never made it to their Jerusalem headquarters?
Got to be kidding! Perhaps Paul forgot his carbon copy paper or his digital recorder back in HQ. My goodness, how would he ever do such a thing? Quite apaulling really!
Why, Paul had copyists' help and other assistance to allow him to keep copies of all he had written. He had traveled back and forth a number of times between the Jewish Diaspora and H.Q. Jerusalem. The people back there may not have had all the inconveniencing conveniences we have in our 21st Century, but they were just as capable and certainly less distracted in their pursuits.
So what better way to justify their waywardness, than to progressively, and very cleverly, edit the manuscripts, altering the texts just enough to accommodate their gradual melding with the state and then just leave a few manuscraps to fool posterity, knowing that the religious mind, besotted as they are with salvation, would not question such a virtual vacuum of early manuscript copies.
Everyone benefited with Christians no longer a thorn in the Roman flesh and Rome a threat to them no more. Mutual satisfaction ensued, as the once virginal Bride of Christ melded with the state in an adulterous relationship that has continued to this day (2014).
The survival of the literature on the first chart was never significantly threatened, because there was no personal org. Power and Glory at stake. They could just hang around unthreateningly for many centuries.
May you all have peace to sufficiency and continue to explore this site for sore eyes and hearts.