Tim Dunkin - assisted by Steven Avery on update

Steven Avery

A Defense of the Johannine Comma
Setting the Record Straight on I John 5:7-8
Timothy W. Dunkin
Revised, July 2010
With the gratefully accepted assistance of Steven Avery



surely, the Linguists of his day would scarcely have conceded that point to him.
Neither Gregory, nor any other Greek, as far as I know, confirms this rule by their
style of writing. Neither can we attempt to call the treis marturountes, a
Hellenism: at least, St. John has distinctly shewn, that he cannot be liable to such
an imputation in the present instance; nor, indeed, throughout his First Epistle."79
Knittel's argument is simply that despite Gregory's indifference, no
knowledgeable Greek writer in that day would actually have believed the argument
Gregory makes. Gregory's indifference appears to be more intended to turn aside an
argument from his opponents through denigration, rather than by an appeal to reason or
fact. Gregory himself, as well as other Greek writers (including John himself), did not
make the sort of grammatical error introduced into the Johannine text by the deletion of
the Comma. Far from being discovered "lately" by Robert Dabney (as certain Critical
Text supporters on various internet forums have tried to claim), recognition of the
grammatical difficulty for the Critical text supporter in this passage was recognized by a
Greek-speaking patristic writer over sixteen centuries ago, though he apparently did not
know what to make of it.

Matters of Grammar and Consistency
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