Week2_3How_we_Got_Our_Bible - I. PRESERVATION: INSURING THE...

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I. P RESERVATION : I NSURING THE A UTHENTICITY OF THE T EXT God “in breathed” the writings of Scripture so that the writers wrote the Word of God, without error. 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 straightforward. Hebrew is beautiful in its descriptive words as it was ingenious in its idiomatic expressions. Some parts of Daniel were written in another semitic language, Chaldean. The New 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. However, the archaeological excavations have uncovered thousands of parchments of “common language Greek,” verifying that God chose the language of common people ( Koine Greek) in which to communicate His revelation. God chose an expressive language to communicate the minute colors and interpretations of His doctrine. 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. These 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 God. 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. When 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. These figures take on even more significance when compared to the similar statistics of other early writings. i
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This note was uploaded on 07/12/2011 for the course PHIL 104 B taught by Professor Aidoo during the Spring '11 term at Liberty.

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