From "Inspiration of Scriptures" (26 Jan 2007 12:22:36 PM):
Dear Readers and Bro. Tom J:
Brother Tom J wrote on 26 Jan 2007 09:11:01, "It is important to remember that the Biblical manuscripts we have today are in 99% agreement with one another. Yes, there are some minor differences, but the vast majority of the Biblical text is identical from one manuscript to another.
Most of the differences are in punctuation, word endings, minor grammatical issues, word order, etc. – issues easily explainable as scribal mistakes."
Kindly observe that the 99% number is not correct. Brother Tom J is not probably not done his home work well in reporting this number. Let me show you the real differences--
The following is an analysis of differences between Scrivener's Greek NT (TR) and the Nestle-Aland's 27th edition of Greek NT (NA). TR is supposed to be the underlying text of AV (according to FHA Scrivener). NA is by and large the underlying text for modern versions like NASB.
1. There are 7,957 verses in the New Testament.
2. Out of these, 22.9% of verses (1826 of 7957) in TR have an average of 2 Greek words per verse MORE than the NA.
3. And 8.6% of verses (683 of 7957) in TR have an average of 1.53 Greek words per verse LESSER than NA.
4. In other words, 31.5% of the verses (2509 of 7957) in TR have an average DIFFERENCE of 1.88 Greek words per verse when compared to NA. If there is an average difference of 1.88 Greek words in every one of those 2,509 verses, imagine how much different TR and NA are.
These statistics are worked out by me. The TR and NA Greek texts are copied in Excel sheets (one verse per row), and the word counts were computed using a program tested thoroughly. Any one is welcome to check and verify the numbers I am giving here. I have taken great care to ensure accuracy, and any descrepancies are NOT intentional. I can gladly provide the excel sheet to any one at request. My email ID is firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Christ Jesus,