Question of the day: Bible manuscripts.

Today is week 8 in the series of questions put forth by Dr. Sam Gipp in His book “The Answer Book.”* I feel like these questions have been beneficial for people on both sides of the fence:  you share your thoughts, others share their thoughts – everyone learns something in between.

As I said before, the point of these questions is not to start a Baptist War, but rather encourage everyone to engage in a discussion and learn from and among fellow believers. I believe everyone’s doing a good job at sticking to the purpose.

I don’t want you to rely on “he said, she said” or even unconfirmed history. Read your Bible, study accurate accounts of History, pray about it, and take what you don’t understand by faith.

I will post Dr. Gipp’s written answer to the question tomorrow, so be sure to check back on here for the answer to today’s question.

Here’s the question for today…

Where do Bible manuscripts come from?

Thoughts?  Opinions?  Scriptures to back your position?

*All material from “The Answer Book”© is used on Grow Up! with permission received directly from Dr. Sam Gipp.

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Posted on July 11, 2011, in Question of the Day and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Looking forward to tomorrow’s answer where Dr. Gipp says that God delivered the manuscripts straight from heaven directly into King James’ hands, with a post-it note that says, “please translate these into English, because English is the most perfect language of all time.” 😛

  2. Just now finding all these questions. Wish more people were responding.

    Bible manuscripts come from various faith communities over lots of time. It seems the oldest fragments available that attest to an ancient (Greek) Bible are pieces of Leviticus and Numbers (4QLXXLeva and 4QLXXNum) found with the Qumran material known as the Dead Sea Scrolls. See Tov, E. (2001) Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible.

    These scrolls from the Judean desert (DSS) are another source of Bible manuscripts. It has a near-complete OT and is dated from about 200 years before Jesus to about 100 years (70 I think) after Jesus.

    Other OT textual traditions are the LXX (as you know) and the Samaritan Pentateuch.

    NT texts are numerous. Dan Wallace from Dallas Theological Seminary is doing a project photographing and cataloging all the NT texts he can get his hands on. I think that work is worth supporting.

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