Can we still believe the Bible? : an evangelical engagement by Craig Blomberg

By Craig Blomberg

"Challenges to the reliability of Scripture are perennial and feature often been addressed. despite the fact that, a few of these demanding situations are radically extra universal this present day, and the subject is at the moment of specific curiosity between evangelicals. ... Blomberg bargains an available and nuanced argument for the Bible's reliability in accordance with the intense perspectives approximately Scripture and its authority articulated through either side of the Read more...

summary: "Challenges to the reliability of Scripture are perennial and feature often been addressed. although, a few of these demanding situations are greatly extra universal this present day, and the subject is at the moment of specific curiosity between evangelicals. ... Blomberg deals an obtainable and nuanced argument for the Bible's reliability in keeping with the intense perspectives approximately Scripture and its authority articulated by means of each side of the talk. He believes cautious research of the proper facts exhibits now we have cause to be extra convinced within the Bible than ever prior to. As he strains his personal educational and religious trip, Blomberg sketches out the case for self belief within the Bible inspite of quite a few demanding situations to the trustworthiness of Scripture, supplying a favorable, trained, and defensible approach."--Publisher description

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Then the text continues as in the MT of 1 Samuel 11:1. ” In his twenty-volume work The Antiquities of the Jews, first-century Jewish historian Josephus claims that Nahash had defeated other Israelite armies beyond the Jordan and gouged out their troops’ right eyes, which suggests that he was probably aware of texts of Samuel that contained this account. , the Holman Christian Standard Bible [HCSB], NAB, NET, NJB, NLT, CEB, and NRSV). 53 Did Originals Originally Exist? Second- and third-century New Testament manuscripts may well be copies of the very autographs, or at least copies of those copies.

But it is still important to recall that we have no actual evidence to suggest that the Hebrew text of a biblical book was ever treated without great care by the majority of copyists in any era of its transmission. 64 One may fantasize about all kinds of wild changes being introduced between the first, complete written form of a given book and the oldest copy we actually have, but it will be just that—fantasy—unless some truly remarkable new discoveries change the state of the discipline. Historians today are typically elated when we have a double-digit number of copies of an ancient work, as with 75 copies of the works of the Greek historian Herodotus (fifth century BC), 20 copies of the histories of his contemporary Thucydides, and 27 of the works of the Roman historian Livy (first century BC to first century AD).

53 Did Originals Originally Exist? Second- and third-century New Testament manuscripts may well be copies of the very autographs, or at least copies of those copies. But it is still important to recall that we have no actual evidence to suggest that the Hebrew text of a biblical book was ever treated without great care by the majority of copyists in any era of its transmission. 64 One may fantasize about all kinds of wild changes being introduced between the first, complete written form of a given book and the oldest copy we actually have, but it will be just that—fantasy—unless some truly remarkable new discoveries change the state of the discipline.

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