Searching for the Original Bible

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9780736910545: Searching for the Original Bible

Noted researcher/archaeologist Randall Price tackles crucial, faith–challenging questions about the Bible’s claims to be divine communication. All dispute boils down to two fundamental issues: Were the original writings given by God, or were they cobbled together from traditions, myths, and human ethical notions? And if divine, have they been faithfully passed down to us?

Price brings his expert knowledge of the Bible texts to examine crucial topics:

  • what the key ancient manuscripts reveal
  • ideas about how mere humans composed the writings
  • evidence from the archaeological record
  • the gathering of inspired texts into one book
  • the transmission of those texts to us

All evidence available today, concludes the author, upholds even more strongly the age–long views of orthodox Christianity. Not only is the Bible we have a trustworthy record of divine revelation, but it remains living and authoritative for every time, every place, and every person.

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Price, president of World of the Bible Ministries and author of such works as Secrets of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Unholy War, has declared war on critics of the Bible. Writing from a conservative evangelical Christian perspective, he defends the integrity of the Scriptures against popular writers like Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code) as well as serious scholars like Bart Ehrman (Misquoting Jesus). To many students, the issue of biblical inerrancy—generally understood to mean that the original manuscripts of the Bible are without error—is something of a red herring. We don't have those manuscripts; how can we know that they are free from error? Price admits that we likely would not profit much by having these manuscripts and claims the copies we have are reliable. Instead, he gives the reader a scholarly, though very readable, defense of existing translations. He goes beyond the question Can we trust the Bible? and takes a serious look at the canonization process, the abundance of translated resources available to Bible students, the impact of extra-biblical resources and the consistency of Bible translations over thousands of years. Many charts and graphs aid the reader in putting all the information together. This is a fine book for lay and professional readers alike. (Oct.)
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