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How Do We Find Out What the Bible Said When First Written?

The Words of the Bible – Introduction

God has revealed Himself to humanity by means of a limited number of sacred books. These writings are found in the Old Testament and the New Testament. The sixty-six books of the Bible are the only written works that God has divinely inspired and revealed to the human race. This being the case, it is absolutely essential that we know how the text of these books originally read; we need to know the exact words the authors used.

In this book, we will look at the subject of discovering the original text of Scripture; what did the books of the Bible say when they were first written? How do we know that they read the same way today as when originally composed?

To answer these questions, we will consider the subject of textual criticism, the science of reconstructing written texts. We will look at the various methods used to reconstruct documents when the originals are missing. This will give us an idea as to how people go about attempting to reconstruct what God’s Word originally said.

This introductory study will give us confidence that it is possible to recover the original text of the books of the Bible. Therefore, we can conclude that God’s Word to the human race has not been lost, added to, or subtracted from. This will give us supreme confidence that when we read our present English translations, or whatever other language in which we are reading the Scripture, we are reading the same message that God originally gave to humanity.

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