Discover how the 66 books of the Bible were recognized as the correct and divinely inspired books. Learn about the criteria used to determine the inspiration of these books and why they are considered to be the authoritative Word of God.
NEW TESTAMENT TEXTUAL STUDIES: Accuracy of Transmission
Discover the significance of textual criticism in ensuring the accurate and reliable transmission of biblical texts. Learn about the methodologies and advancements made in this complex field, providing Christians with a dependable source of revelation.
How Are We to Understand Paul’s Request to Timothy, ‘Bring the Scrolls, Especially the Parchments’?
Learn about the importance of developing a daily Bible study program to achieve spiritual growth and maturity, following the example of the apostle Paul who valued the scrolls and codices containing the Scriptures. Discover how modern technology has made Bible study more accessible and convenient than ever before.
Mark 16:9-20: Enhanced Explanation of the Gospel of Mark’s Endings
Explore the intriguing endings of the Gospel of Mark, including theories about the original conclusion, extended endings, and textual criticism. Delve into the mysteries of Mark 16:8 and the role of ancient manuscripts in shaping our understanding of the gospel's conclusion.
What Is the Staurogram From Early Church History? (c. 150-200 C.E.)
Learn about the Staurogram, a symbol used in early Christianity to represent the cross. Explore its significance in manuscripts and inscriptions, and its interpretation as a visual representation of the crucified Christ. Discover the importance of the cross in Christian theology and practice.
How Long Were the Autographs (Originals) and First Copies of the Greek New Testament Manuscripts In Existence?
The New Textual Scholars of today would say that this is wishful thinking, as there is no way of knowing how many copies removed the manuscript may be. They would go on to tell you that a 9th-century manuscript might have fewer copies in between than a 3rd-century manuscript. There is a sense today that "optimism" and "hope" are bad words that we should set aside because they will only cloud our objectivity. If you doubt, look ...
Since the 1990s, How Has Lower (Textual) Criticism Begun Following in the Footsteps of Higher (Biblical) Criticism?
Discover how New Testament textual criticism has lost its way since the 1990s, as lower criticism has followed in the footsteps of higher criticism. Learn about the coherence-based genealogical method, which emphasizes the importance of understanding the historical and cultural context of the text and the social context of the manuscripts. Explore the changing definition and goal of New Testament textual criticism.
KJVOIST/TROISTS and Agnostic Textual Scholar Dr. Bart D. Ehrman On Preservation of Scripture
Agnostic New Testament textual and early Christianity scholar Dr. Bart D. Ehrman states God “didn’t preserve the words, the conclusion seemed inescapable to me that he hadn’t gone to the trouble of inspiring them.” The KJVO/TRO argues, “Because the Scriptures are forever relevant, they have been preserved down through the ages by God's special providence.”
The Canon of the Scriptures
The Greek word “biblia” is a plural noun derived from the word “biblion,” which means “scroll.” The general meaning of “biblia” is “books.” In a biblical context, the word “biblia” is commonly used to refer to the collection of books that make up the Christian Bible, both the Old and New Testaments. The Greek word “bibliia” (βιβλία) is used in the Greek New Testament to refer to books, especially religious or sacred books. In the context of the New Testament, the word is typically used to refer to the Old Testament, which was the collection of sacred texts used by Jews in the time of Jesus and the early Christians.
Has the Bible Been Accurately Copied Down Through the Centuries?
Learn about the accuracy of the Bible through the centuries with textual criticism, historical evidence, and manuscript comparisons. Discover how the Bible has been accurately copied down through the ages.