What is the view of Jerusalem Perspective Online on inspiration and inerrancy of Scripture?
Dennis C. Sullivan responds:
A point to remember is that the “Doctrine of Inerrancy” posits that the Scriptures are “inerrant” in the original autographs. Problem is, we don’t have any of the “original autographs.”
For the New Testament, we have around 5,000 Greek manuscripts and fragments of manuscripts, few of which agree completely with one another. So, it remains the task of dedicated, qualified scholars to try and determine the best Greek version of any given passage.
The “Doctrine of Inerrancy,” then, has little to do with English or other translations of the Greek documents we have.
Notwithstanding the differences in translations, interpretation of the New Testament isn’t “up for grabs” by just any average believer, since (unfortunately), most followers of Yeshua don’t have the expertise in Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic that’s required in order to make informed evaluations of the various translations.