History of the Bible
Are you curious about how we got our present-day translations of the Bible? These fascinating articles will help you study the Bible history of translations and explain the importance of the Dead Sea Scrolls and other ancient manuscripts. These links are great for sharing with those who want to know more about the history of the Bible.
What is the Bible? Is a question often asked by both believers and unbelievers. What makes this book so special and so hated in the world?
The reason for this reaction stems from the contents and history of the Bible. In short, the Bible claims to be the inspired Word of God, the communication from the creator of the Universe to His creation. If this claim is true, then it implies God is the final authority (through His Word) and that other views contrary to the Bible are wrong, and people, like nations just don’t like being wrong.
This course is designed to examine the history of the origin of the Bible. The goal is to unravel the story behind the Bible, how the Bible became the Bible. (read more)
The identity of a book's author can sometimes give great insight into its meaning and intent. Some of the books of the Bible have easily identifiable authors while others remain a mystery to this very day. This list provides a key to probable Biblical authorship. (read more)
A brief explanation of the differences between 14 of the most popular American translations. (read more)
Discover the fascinating history of how the Bible was translated into the English language, from Wycliffe, Tyndale, Luther, to King James and then contemporary versions.
When we state that the Bible is God's inspired word, we are referring specifically to the original texts written by the actual author. However, none of those original autographs has survived the centuries. How can we be sure that the modern English Bible we read today is an accurate representation of those original texts? Furthermore, can we consider our modern English Bibles as God's inspired Word? To answer this question, we must trace the transmission of the scriptures through the centuries from the ancient manuscripts, through the development of the early English Bibles to the process used by translators to create the Bible we have today. (read more)
Thanks to archaeology, our certainty of the accuracy of the Bible in the light of historical evidence has been immeasurably enhanced. This site contains links to information on Bible History and Bible Translations. (read more)
The legends of what was contained in the Dead Sea Scrolls are far beyond what was actually there. There were no lost books of the Bible or other literature that there was not already other copies of. (read more)
The Dead Sea Scrolls were found sealed in clay jars in the caves of Qumran, Israel. They had been hidden for safe-keeping at a time when all Jewish and Christian Scriptures were being destroyed by the Romans. The scrolls contain manuscripts, such as Isaiah, that are part of the Bible but also many other texts that are noncanonical. (read more)