Has The New Testament Been Corrupted?
by Petrus Klopper
There is good reason to believe the New Testament is a reliable historical document, with early accounts from eyewitnesses and the accurate preservation of manuscripts over time.
How do the New Testament manuscripts compare to the other ancient works of Homer or Aristotle. The earliest copy of Homer’s Iliad is 500 years after the original was written and 643 copies are known to exist. The earliest copy of Aristotle’s work is 1100 years after the original and 49 copies exist. The earliest copy of the New testament is less than 100 years after the original was written and 5600 Greek manuscripts exist; not to mention the 19,000 copies in the Syriac, Latin, Coptic, and Aramaic languages which total 24,000 copies. More and more historical evidence, for the reliability of the bible, is being discovered, analyzed and dated as we speak. Consider the earliest fragment from Mark’s Gospel found in a mummy (death) mask that dates to before AD 90, that would be within the lifetime of the originals, and doesn’t conflict with our current New Testament.
The New Testament omits key historical events such as, the deaths of James, Paul and Peter (AD 61-65), the siege of Jerusalem (AD 67-70) and the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem (AD 70). For this reason it is entirely plausible that the Gospels were written before these events because they would have been significant to the apostles, placing the writers of the New Testament as eye witnesses of Jesus, as they claimed to be…
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