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The Accuracy of Our Modern Bible (The Covenant & the Cross #22)

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Today's passage of Scripture is John 6:68 which reads: "Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life."

Today's quote about the Bible is from Thomas Jefferson. He said: "I have always said that a studious perusal of the sacred volume will make better citizens, better fathers, and better husbands."

Our topic for today is titled: "The Accuracy of Our Modern Bible" from the book, "The Promise and the Blessing" by Dr. Michael A. Harbin.

One concern often expressed is, How do we know that the Bible available to us has been preserved accurately? Modern critics have noted that because the Bible was copied by hand so many times, differences arose in the manuscripts. Therefore, they have concluded, that the Bible cannot be trusted. However, careful study and evaluation shows just the opposite. While there are textual differences, for the most part, they are spelling or grammatical variations, easily explained. Further, when we examine the text carefully, we find that the foundational beliefs of Christianity are based on solid textual evidence; moreover, doctrines usually arise from a wide variety of passages. 

Let us consider first the Old Testament text. Until just after World War II, the earliest Hebrew manuscripts we had for the Old Testament dated from about 900 AD. We did have several copies from this general time period, including the Leningrad Codex (named after its location in a museum in Leningrad) and the Aleppo Coda (from the city in Syria where it was found). These followed what is called the Masoretic text, named after the scribes who meticulously transcribed copy after copy. 

The Old Testament books, of course, were written from about the fifteenth to the fifth century BCE...

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