They began writing the Bible about 1400 years before Christ. They finished writing about 60 years after Christ. And when I say “they” I mean the forty-some servants of God who wrote the words we find contained in the Bible. So the last portion of Scripture to be written down was shortly before 100 A.D.
We began talking about this stuff in the post “What Am I Describing?” See the link at the bottom of the page.
Add to the facts in that post of October 22, 2009 that there are almost 30,000 manuscript copies of various portions of the Bible, things get really interesting.
From the smallest and oldest New Testament fragment known as p52 containing John 18:37-38 (http://www.kchanson.com/ancdocs/greek/johnpap.html) to the Great Isaiah scroll with the Dead Sea scrolls which almost complete (http://www.allaboutarchaeology.org/great-isaiah-scroll-faq.htm). Over 20,000 of these manuscripts are the New Testament.
That’s incredible. Thousands of copies more than any other book of antiquity (To see the comparisons check with Josh McDowell’s, Evidence that Demands a Verdict).
What’s that mean?
There is more evidence, more proof for the veracity, authenticity, integrity, and accuracy of the Bible. The Bible we can buy at Wal-Mart, any book store, and every Christian book store is the English reading copy of the Bible that was written in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek.
That means that we at least have a trustworthy record of what is claimed to be God’s Word – and it is.
More to come.