A Case for the Bible: How was the Bible transmitted over time?

by Teri Dugan

When I began to look into the reliability of the Bible I first wanted to know how we got the Bible we have today. Was the means of transmission trustworthy enough to ensure that what we have today is the same as what the original writings had? I was very surprised at the amount of evidence available that allows us to be sure beyond a reasonable doubt that what we have today is what was intended by the original authors.

Let’s start at the beginning:

How do we really know that the stories in Genesis are true? Moses wasn’t there to witness it, although he is the one that records it along with the other four books of the Torah. Humans did not always have the ability to write things down, but there was oral transmission of information and the ability to memorize.

So there are basically two ways humans transmit information, oral and written. But before we look at those two we must first consider one more element if we are to be truly honest to the intent of Scripture:

Transmission over time: God’s assurance of inspiration and transmission

If the Bible is truly the Word of God, then He would surely guarantee that what we are reading is what He intended for us to get. In an earlier post we looked at evidence for the premise that if God exists then miracles are possible, and if miracles are possible then God can use miracles to communicate His message. Jesus also used miracles to communicate God’s message during His time here on earth.

We find in Exodus that God Himself wrote what He gave to Moses and also directed Moses in his own writings…


Case-Making 101: A Case for the Bible–How was the Bible transmitted over time? – Truth, Faith and Reason