Quick Challenge Answer: Is The Transmission Of the Bible Like A Game Of Telephone?

by Drew Covert

Is The Transmission Of The Bible Like A Game Of Telephone?  I’m often challenged with this assertion when talking to skeptics.  The idea is that since the Bible was transmitted orally, it is just as unreliable as any other information relayed in the same way.

If you’re not familiar with the game of telephone, this is how it works.  A group of people sit in a circle.  The first person makes up a long string of sentences and whispers it to the person sitting next to them.  The story is then passed from person to person until it gets to the last person in the circle.  The last person will then relay the story out loud to the rest of the group.  Invariably the story sounds nothing like the original version.  So, is this how the Bible was transmitted?

Not at all.  There are several key differences between the telephone game and the transmission of the Bible…
 

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Quick Challenge Answer: Is The Transmission Of the Bible Like A Game Of Telephone?