- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Baker Books; 3 edition (June 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0801072611
- ISBN-13: 978-0801072611
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
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Find answers to key questions about the Bible.
How accurate are modern translations such as the New International Version and the New Revised Standard Version? Why does the Roman Catholic Bible have more books than most Protestant Bibles? How can we be sure that the Biblical message has been accurately preserved through the centuries? How We Got the Bible, after more than forty years, has become a classic source of answers for these and other questions on how the Bible has come down to us.
Now in this revised edition, you will find five new chapters covering the Septuagint, the Latin Vulgate, the Sinaitic Manuscript, the illuminated manuscripts, and more. Every chapter in this edition includes new material, followed by a brief summary and questions for discussion. Neil R. Lightfoot deals with technical issues in non-technical language, making this book a valuable tool for any reader.
Neil R. Lightfoot (Ph.D., Duke University) serves as Frank Pack Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. He is the author of several books, including Everyone's Guide to Hebrews. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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How old are the earliest biblical manuscripts?
How has the Bible been preserved and transmitted to us?
Why do we have so many different translations of the Bible?
How did early Christians decide which writings to include in the Bible?
A classic for more than forty years, How We Got the Bible provides well-researched, accessible answers to many questions like these. Learn about the first materials used to write down the words of Scripture. Uncover the facts of some of history's most fascinating archaeological discoveries. Travel through history, from Jerome to Tyndale and beyond, as Neil R. Lightfoot discusses the origin, transmission, and translation of the Bible.
Illustrations and review questions at the end of each chapter make this book ideal for either individual or group study. Concise and engaging, How We Got the Bible is a trusted resource for anyone who wants to know the story behind the most widely read book of all time.
Neil R. Lightfoot serves as Frank Pack Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. He is the author of several books, including Everyone's Guide to Hebrews.
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He discusses much of the same material as more sceptical commentators, such as the large number of errors and inconsistencies between Biblical manuscripts and the fact that all we now have are hand-written copies of copies of copies from the Middle Ages.
He doesn't spend any time on higher criticism, evidently because he doesn't believe in it. But apart from that, he agrees with mainstream Biblical scholars about the facts of the Bible's development over the centuries and the difficulties in interpreting a book from a different millennium and a vastly different culture.
Where his interpretation diverges from the mainstream is that, when there is any doubt about the accuracy of the original Biblical text, Dr. Lightfoot assumes that the Bible must have been correct: that Moses wrote down the Pentateuch, that the Gospels are consistent, that Jesus did indeed think he was the son of God, that he intended to found a new religion, and that he rose from the dead.
What makes me respect this book is that although Dr. Lightfoot puts his own "spin" on interpreting the facts, he never misrepresents what the facts are. He proves that the same set of facts as other scholars use to "disprove" certain aspects of the Bible can also be interpreted in a way at least consistent with fundamentalist Christianity and Biblical literalism.