How do we know that the Bible that we have is the same as when it was originally written? Did the scribes ever make mistakes in copying the text? If so, can we really trust the Bible? Upon completion of this lesson, the student should have a better understanding of the process and history of biblical transmission. The introduction to textual criticism provided in this session will give the student a firm grasp of the challenges that the scribes faced when copying the Scriptures from generation to generation. This challenge will be illustrated and demonstrated in many different ways. The student should leave with greater confidence that the Bible that they hold in their hand accurately represents the original.
– Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology, pp. 54-72 (ch 3)
For Further Study:
- The Preservation of the Bible
- How Was The Bible Written
- Manuscript Support for the Bible’s Reliability
- Is Today’s Bible the Real Bible?
Daniel Wallace: Is What We Have Now What They Wrote Then? Part 1
Daniel Wallace: Is What We Have Now What They Wrote Then? Part 2
New Testament Different from its Original Text? (Refuting Bart Ehrman)
James White – The Early Textual Transmission of the NT