Lesson 2: Where Does The Bible Come From?

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Of course, the Bible comes from God.  But, we are talking about, the means that God used to get the Bible to us.

In short, the Bible was written in ancient foreign languages then translated into English (and other languages).  But, now, was there a single book that was translated into English?  Yes and no.

The Bible exists in countless ancient manuscripts.  These manuscripts are “combined” (note quotes) into a single book.  Now, this combining is not a simple combining.  This is because a tiny portion of the manuscripts disagree with the majority of manuscripts a tiny percentage of the time.  How does God identify what is the correct text of the Bible in these cases?  To be continued….

Lesson 3: How Do We Get From The Ancient Manuscripts To The English Bible?

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In a nutshell, we study the ancient manuscripts then apply God’s rules to determine which manuscripts are the Word of God.  At this point, in the past, a book, called a “compilation,” would be put together.  This compilation would, then, be translated into English (or another language).

Now, however, we have digigraphs to help us between the raw data manuscripts and the compilation.  More later.