As we gear up for Easter weekend no doubt the “Biblical Scholars”, wolves in sheep’s clothing, false teachers, etc…will be coming out of the woodwork (so to speak). An article w/ news video was sent to me to look at where professors claims that there’s no evidence for Luke 23:34 where Jesus famously says on the cross, “father forgive them for they know not what they do.” The professors in the article makes an assertion (basically questions the Word of God) that this verse was added (code for made up) in the 3rd or 4th century (there’s a lot of error in that timing if you ask me). I had never heard this claim before so I started digging a bit. Note that I have a response to the claims in this article referring to love vs fear…that’s a whole other topic of course. Also I do not like how the article / news story didn’t show both sides of this story from a textural/historical perspective that other professors have.
In a quick search I couldn’t find any reference to this verse being added hundreds of years after Luke was said to have been written (most agree around 59-70 AD) other than the age old debate of which is the true text (standards) that you prescribe to Alexandrian or Textus Receptus. In this case the professor seems to be referencing those on the Codex Vaticanus / Codex B that apparently leaves out Luke 23:34. I’ve seen a claim that Bishop Ignatius (early second century) actually quoted Luke 23:34 thus making the article claim false but how do we know that he truly quoted this passage ?
I could see how this could lead someone studying to be led astray and I know that God is not the author of confusion (I Cor 14) and that Satan is the father of lies (John 8:44).
I’m not looking for a rabbit trail that’s gone on for centuries here but rather a high level response such as; in the end someone is right and someone is wrong and you’ll just have to chose which ancient text to assume is the truth and move on ?