I spent a lot of time last week studying the reliability of the Bible. One of the cool things that I ran across was the unbelievable number of manuscripts we have of the New Testament in comparison to other ancient books – and their proximity to the original. Here are some of the stats:
- Gaelic Wars – Julius Caesar – no one refutes it – less than 10 manuscripts written 1,000 years after original
- Aristotle poetics – less than 5 copies– written 1400 yrs after original
- Iliad – 643 manuscripts, earliest 13th century – 2100 years after the original
- NT manuscripts over 6,000 copies – earliest copies 120 AD – 25 years after the original
Pretty amazing when you look at the Bible in relation other books. I was encouraged as I studied. There is just so much information out there. My hope is that that body of Christ would be well prepared to give a reason for the hope that we have (1 Peter 3:15). If you want to listen to the message head to www.thewellefcc.org.