An Understandable History of the Bible

01 Introduction

There are just two kinds of Christians. (Are all saved or not? We cannot tell; only God knows the heart.) One kind is that earnest, honest number who are ever anxious to have the FACTS of a vital issue so they may talk intelligently and stand for the TRUTH. The second kind is that multitude…

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Chapter 1: Time Trip!

Imagine for a moment that we are in a different time period. We have gone back thousands of years. There are no cars. There are no airplanes. There are no modern conveniences. We are in primitive times. We take a look around us. There is no Bible. We know nothing about the universe around us.…

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Chapter 2: Where Do We Go From Here?

There is a controversy raging today across America and around the world. Where is the Word of God? Answers to that question come in all shapes and sizes. Some say that we do not have the Word of God anywhere in this world. Others say that it is found in the Bible but is only…

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Chapter 3: The Ground Rules

Anyone who has ever played a game, been involved in any kind of competition, or conducted any type of scientific investigation knows that “ground rules” must be established at the beginning. It is far better to know the rules before beginning the investigation rather than to try to establish them as you go. If we…

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Chapter 4: The 100 Year War

For approximately one hundred years now, a battle has been raging over the question, “Where is the Word of God?” Surely we Christians cannot expect a Christ-rejecting world to accept our Book as its authority. We can, of course, expect rebellion. We can expect the world to make attempts to discredit the Bible’s reliability. The…

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Chapter 5: The Localities

Family Feud The manuscripts and their classifications and readings will be studied in later pages. What we shall do now is closely scrutinize the primary centers from which our extant manuscripts have originated. It will be revealed in later study that Biblical manuscripts (MSS) are divided into two general groups. These two groups have been…

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Chapter 6: The Witnesses

It would be extremely beneficial at this point if we could simply produce the original autographs for examination. This would greatly simplify the operation of establishing correctly the New Testament text. But this simply cannot happen. It has long been acknowledged by scholars that we no longer have the “originals.” They have long since passed…

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Chapter 7: The Enemy

“It is necessary to salvation that every man should submit to the Pope.” (Boniface VIII Unum Sanctum, 1303.) “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8, 9. Here lie two totally contradictory statements. They…

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Chapter 8: Westcott and Hort

Brooke Foss Westcott (1825-1903) and Fenton John Anthony Hort (1828-1892) have been highly controversial figures in biblical history. On one side, their supporters have heralded them as great men of God, having greatly advanced the search for the original Greek text. On the other side, their opponents have leveled charges of heresy, infidelity, apostasy, and…

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Chapter 9: The Authorized Version

Christian Critics In this chapter we will be looking at some of the common misrepresentations of the Authorized Version. Many of these misrepresentations are unintentional. Most of the comments against the Authorized Version are, in fact, simply repetitions of what the commentator heard from a pulpit, read in a book, or learned in a classroom.…

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