FACT: It is true that the Bible (all 66 books) did not magically fall from the sky. It was developed and collected over time. During the first century, the Old Testament was taken in its complete form from Judaism. The collection of 27 New Testament books we have today was discussed as early as the 2nd century, but was not finalized until 397 A.D.
[BOOK: …and it has evolved through countless translations, additions, and revisions. History has never had a definitive version of the book”12
FACT: History HAS had a definitive version of the Bible, in it’s complete form, from 397 A.D. until today. The Bible has been through countless translations and revisions. The Old Testament was written in Hebrew, the New Testament in Greek and Aramaic. As new languages took center stage, it was important to translate the Bible into that language. Even today with our Bibles in English our translations still need revising and updating as our English language changes.
While there are countless revisions to translations, the Hebrew and Greek texts behind the translations never change. Every translation, update and revision comesfrom a standardized Hebrew and Greek text. In this way, the Bible stays true to the original.
The standardized Hebrew and Greek texts are taken from over 5,300 fragments and complete manuscripts with some of the manuscripts dating back to 200 A.D. When all of these documents are compared for mistakes (spelling, grammar, etc.) we have a text that is almost 100% identical to what the New Testament writers would have written. In fact it has been