Bible Accuracy – You Must Do Your Own Homework!
The short answer is absolutely yes. The Bible’s accuracy is clearly provable by New Testament textual scholars! Most Christians will certainly have an opinion regarding this topic. The vast majority of those opinions are just that, opinions. Most won’t be based on fact or personal scholarly effort. Therefore it is important to do your own homework regarding the reliability of the Bible. Read what the experts say about the accuracy of the Bible. Have an answer to someone who comes to you and asks you about the accuracy of the Bible. That question and others will be discussed in this article.
The Bible Has 66 Books (Some Have More) | The Old Testament Has 39 Books
The Bible is comprised of 66 books. There are 39 books in the Old Testament and 27 books in the New Testament. The Old Testament was largely written in Hebrew and was preserved as it was passed down from generation to generation. Archeological discoveries in the past 70 years have provided manuscripts that generally serve to authenticate the Old Testament texts that are in use today. There are always possibilities that some minor changes crept into texts over the course of the years. Sometimes these changes were unintentional and other times they were done on purpose.
The New Testament Had Its Foundation in the Old Testament |More Confirmation of Bible Accuracy
The New Testament has as its foundation the Old Testament. The life of Jesus, the founder of Christianity, was lived in the times of the Old Testament. Jesus lived, breathed, and practiced all the tenants of the Old Testament. Having that as a basis for understanding the Bible we look at the various manuscripts relating to the New Testament to determine its reliability.
Over 6,000 New Testament Manuscripts in Greek | 20,000 In Other Languages
There are over 6,000 New Testament Greek manuscripts in which to make comparisons about the reliability of the New Testament. There are over 20,000 manuscripts written in other languages that have been written over the years. Many of these manuscripts date back to the time of the early church. Many New Testament textual scholars state that even if we didn’t have any New Testament manuscripts available to us today we would be able to reconstruct the entire New Testament from the original Church Fathers.
Writings from the Early Church Fathers Verify the Reliability of the New Testament
The Writings of the Early Church Fathers, began at some point in the 1st century A.D. These earliest Church Fathers were known as the Apostolic Fathers. Many scholars refer to the period of the Early Church Fathers as having begun right around the beginning of the 2nd century A.D. Their writings continued for hundreds of years. The Early Church Fathers loved to write. And they loved to write about every Christian topic they thought was of interest to Christians. Their writings are so voluminous that todays scholars say they could reconstruct the entire New Testament from the writings of the Early Church Fathers.
Scholars in this Field Are Called “Textual Critics”
For an honest, intelligent appraisal of this subject it is necessary to defer to the scholars. These are referred to as “textual critics.” This are scholars who have dedicated their life’s work in the pursuit of questions like the one posed here.
Daniel Wallace – A Noted New Testament Textual Critic
Daniel Wallace is one such scholar and is a Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. His full bio can be found here. On the video below Professor Wallace shares his expertise on this subject. A reference to an excellent book on the subject is mentioned on Professor Wallace’s website. The book is entitled, Can We Still Believe the Bible? This work is written by Craig L. Blomberg. It can be found on Amazon here. Professor Wallace provides a review of this book on his website which can be found here.
Accuracy of the New Testament? A 3:01 minute video by Daniel Wallace – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!