UTHENTICITY OF THE
God “in breathed” the writings of Scripture so that the writers wrote the Word of God, without
God chose three languages for his self-revelation.
First, the Old Testament is written in Hebrew, a
language structure that reflected the Jew.
Of all the semitic languages, it is simple, solitary and
Hebrew is beautiful in its descriptive words as it was ingenious in its idiomatic
Some parts of Daniel were written in another semitic language, Chaldean.
Testament was written in Greek, at one time falsely called “Holy Ghost language.”
This was because the
Greek of the New Testament was different from the classical Greek of the philosophers.
archaeological excavations have uncovered thousands of parchments of “common language Greek,”
verifying that God chose the language of common people (
Greek) in which to communicate His
God chose an expressive language to communicate the minute colors and interpretations of His
Still others feel God prepared Greeks with their intricate language, allowed them to conquer the
world, used them to influence their tongue as the universal “trade language,” then inspired Men of God to
write in common Greek, the books of the New Testament.
This made the Word of God immediately
accessible to everyone.
If the Bible were written in literary Greek or “a special language of the Holy
Ghost,” Christianity would have had a language barrier to cross to reach the common people.
We do not have the original manuscripts, called “autographs,” of any book of the Bible.
were lost, mostly during the persecution of the early church.
Roman emperors felt that if they could
destroy the church’s literature, they could eliminate Christianity.
Others were lost due to “wear and tear.”
The fact that some early churches did not keep these autographs, but made copies and used them,
demonstrates that they were more concerned with the message, than the vehicle of the message.
God in His
wisdom allowed the autographs to vanish.
Like the relics from the Holy Land, they would have been
venerated and worshipped.
Surely “Bibliolatry” (worship of the Bible) would have replaced worship of
While some may have difficulty with the idea of not having an original manuscript, scholars who
work with the non-biblical documents of antiquities usually do not have access to those originals.
considering the manuscript evidence, it should be remembered there are close to 5,000 Greek manuscripts
and an additional 13,000 manuscript copies of portions of the New Testament.
This does not include 8,000
copies of the Latin Vulgate and more than 1,000 copies of other early versions of the Bible.
take on even more significance when compared to the similar statistics of other early writings.