A Case for the Bible 101: Manuscript Evidence Part 1, A Few Important Facts
by Teri Dugan
Some interesting historical and literary facts about the Bible:
If you put 10 people in a room and gave them a subject to write about what would you expect the outcome to be? Would you expect them to have the same theme, ideas, storyline, and conclusions? Would they have the same personal beliefs and views on the topic and write with the same convictions? The odds fall strongly in favor of no, but that is not what we see in the Bible:
- The Bible is made up of 66 individual books (39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament); written by 40 different authors, over a period of about 1,500 years, and from 10 different countries.
- The Bible has a cast of 2,930 characters depicted in 1,551 places
- The Bible’s human authors (inspired by God) came from various stations of life: Kings, peasants, poets, herdsmen, fishermen, scientists, farmers, priests, pastors, tentmakers, tax collectors, doctors and governors
- The Bible was written in extreme places like the wilderness, dungeons, palaces, prisons, on lonely islands, and in military battles
- The authors wrote on various subjects, including the unknown future
What would we expect to see in this type of book? Probably a real mess of information, with various personal views and differing perspectives on life, but that is not what we get at all. We get a seamless story! Amazingly the books of the Bible are so united in their historical and narrative themes, and so remarkably linked to one main storyline, from Genesis to Revelation, that the Bible is considered by most scholars to be “A Literary Masterpiece!”
The Bible meets and exceeds all historical and literary requirements for excellence based on scholarly academic standards!
- There are more early manuscripts of the Bible available for verification than any other ancient document
- The Bible is a primary source document and contains multiple eyewitness accounts of events, including hostile witness accounts
- The New Testament accounts of the first century (AD) life of Jesus and the early Church were written within the lifetime of the people involved in the events (completed by the mid to late first century AD)
- Archeology and outside Biblical sources have confirmed over 25,000 people, places and events recorded in the Bible, none have ever been negated
- The original languages used in the Bible are still with us today so translations can be made directly from these unique sources
A great example of the Bible’s historical reliability comes from Luke, the author of the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts. Christian and non-Christian scholars alike consider Luke to be one of the greatest historians to ever write. His historical accounts have always been confirmed and the details he gives allow scholars, historians, and archeologists to uncover historical truths based on his records.
To demonstrate, this lets take a look at…