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EN-GEDI SCROLL: Scientists Can Finally Read One of the Oldest Biblical Texts Ever Discovered

En-geʹdi is the name of a city and the surrounding wilderness in the territory of Judah. (Jos 15:62; 1Sa 24:1) The En-Gedi Scroll is an ancient and fragile Hebrew parchment found in 1970 at Ein Gedi, Israel. It has... Continue Reading →

Why Can We Trust the Transmission of the Hebrew Text?

“The Old Testament in Hebrew (which was the native language of the people of God of old), and the New Testament in Greek (which, at the time of the writing of it, was most generally known to the nations), being... Continue Reading →

What Assurances Do We Have That the Bible Can Be Trusted?

In both the Hebrew Old Testament Scriptures and the Christian Greek New Testament Scriptures, copyists have exercised great care in copying their manuscripts. However, we would be remiss if we did not say that some copyists were inexperienced or took... Continue Reading →

Ancient Scribes and the Word of God

The 39 books of the Hebrew Scriptures by some 33+ authors running from Genesis to Malachi were completed about 440 BCE.[1] After the seventy years of exile in Babylon, there was a school of copyists or scribes (Sopherim) that were... Continue Reading →

Why Do We Not Need the Original Bible Manuscripts?

Between 3,500 years ago and 2,460 years ago some 32+ authors penned 39 books in the Middle East, compiling a history of the world from its creation, to the flood of Noah, the confusing of the languages at Babylon, Abraham... Continue Reading →

How Did Our Bible Manuscripts Survive the Elements?

The Materials The primary materials used to receive writing in ancient times papyrus and parchment. These were used by Bible authors and copyists.[1] as well. At 2 Timothy 4:13 the apostle Paul requested of Timothy that he “bring the cloak that... Continue Reading →

THE SEPTUAGINT: A Bible Translation That Changed the World

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE SEPTUAGINT The Greek version of the Old Testament commonly known as the Septuagint holds a unique place among translations. Its importance is many-sided. Its chief value lies in the fact that it is a version of... Continue Reading →

How Reliable Are Our Bible Translations?

Even though there has been a serious decline in Christianity over the past 70 years, the Bible is still the bestselling book throughout the world. In fact, it seems that since 1960 there have been dozens of new translations over... Continue Reading →

Mistakes Were Made In Copying God’s Word. Was the Purity of the Bible Text Threatened? Were These Serious Enough to Ruin the Message of the Bible?

Dionysius of Corinth, an avowed Christian overseer in the second century, lamented what had been done to his own writings. “For I wrote letters when the brethren requested me to write. And these letters the apostles of the devil have... Continue Reading →

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