Over on the YouTube channel of Digital Hammurabi, Dr. Joshua Bowen has a series of videos discussing textual criticism. For those of you unfamiliar with textual criticism, it is basically the attempt by textual critics to reconstruct what the original autograph of a piece of writing would have looked like. With regards to textual criticism of the Bible, we do not have any original autographs. What we do have are multiple copies and more often than not no two are alike. So how do we reconstruct what the original text would have said?
In this video, Dr. Bowen explains the problem using an experiment he conducted with a church at which he was once a pastor. It is a pretty good way of looking at what has happened since the original autographs of the biblical texts were written.