A Case for the Bible 101: Manuscript Evidence, Part 2 – How has the Old Testament been transmitted over time?

by Teri Dugan

Our “case-making” for the reliability, historicity, and authenticity of the 66 books of the Christian Bible continues this week as we uncover evidence using the acronym MAPS-S (Manuscripts, Archeology, Prophecy, Science and Saved lives). We are currently on “M” for manuscripts and we can find historical evidence in abundance for this category. Today we are answering the question: How has the Old Testament been transmitted over time?

Even if you are a skeptic, or you don’t believe the Bible to be the inspired Word of God, you have to admit that it is very intriguing to find an ancient document such as this one surviving thousands of years with minimal damage to its reputation and content. There is no other book of antiquity that has this amazing longevity in popularity, and can boost of having a multitude of early manuscripts (still being discovered) available for study today.

Transmission of the Bible:

The Christian Bible consists of an Old Testament (39 books) and a New Testament (27 books). The Old Testament covers the period of time from creation to about four hundred years before the birth of Jesus. The New Testament covers a very short period of time that begins with the birth of Jesus through the beginning of the Church, all during the first century AD/CE (common era as it is now referred to in academia).

How did we get these books?

It is acknowledged by scholars that the Old Testament we have today is the same one that was being used by Jesus and the Jewish people of the first century AD/CE, at that time considered the sacred Hebrew Scriptures…

 

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A Case for the Bible 101: Manuscript Evidence, Part 2 – How has the Old Testament been transmitted over time?