|The Bible we have in our possession
today namely the Textus Receptus and the Masoretic Text have been
under great contention to be either false, or full of errors.
John Owen puts forth a marvelous defense of the Hebrew and Greek
Texts, basically pointing out that our Bibles are more than safe.
He also puts the "nay sayers" of the
Masoretic text to rest. His basic premise is that the Masoretic
text is valid, and that the pointing (or vowel system) was inherited
and passed down from generations before the Masoretes.
the contention is that according to Jewish tradition, the points
came from Ezra, who was protecting the text from corruption, or degradation.
Below are the early 1800's scans in pdf form
of the chapters that address the various linguistic issues from
Owen's 16th volume. You can download these if you like, or
just read them at your leisure.