An Historical Account of Two Notable Corruptions of Scripture

An Historical Account of Two Notable Corruptions of Scripture is a dissertation by the English mathematician and scholar Sir Isaac Newton. This was sent in a letter to John Locke on 14 November 1690 and built upon the textual work of Richard Simon and his own research. The text was first published in English in 1754, 27 years after his death. The account claimed to review all the textual evidence available from ancient sources on two disputed Bible passages: 1 John 5:7 and 1 Timothy 3:16.

Newton describes this letter as “an account of what the reading has been in all ages, and what steps it has been changed, as far as I can hitherto determine by records,” and “a criticism concerning a text of Scripture”. He blames “the Roman church” for many abuses in the world and accuses it of “pious frauds”. He adds that “the more learned and quick-sighted men, as Luther, Erasmus, Bullinger, Grotius, and some others, would not dissemble their knowledge”.

In the King James Version Bible, 1 John 5:7 reads:

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Bible reference(s): 1 Timothy 3:16, 1 John 5:7-8

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