3. Assessing ‘The Book’ – Considering the Textual Reliability of the Bible

Have the books of the Bible been changed or modified over time such that their original message has been corrupted and, practically speaking, lost?  In the university environment I find that many almost assume that this must be so since these books were originally written so long ago.  Well-known advocate of atheism, Richard Dawkins, in his best-selling book, The God Delusion, confidently asserted this is indeed so to millions of his readers by writing of the books of the Bible that:

“All were then copied and recopied, through many different ’Chinese Whispers generations’ by fallible scribes who, in any case, had their own religious agenda”  (p. 92)

Is this true?  Is there even an academic discipline that can answer this question?  We look first at the books of the New Testament.


But what about the Old Testament?  The manuscipt basis for the Old Testament is different enough that it warrants its own discussion which is highlighted in the 7 minute video here.


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  • March 19, 2012 - Considering the Septuagint: Today’s forgotten book that changed human history (Part 1)

  • January 16, 2012 - Did Constantine corrupt the Gospel or Bible?

  • December 31, 2011 - Your Common-Sense, Practical Test for the Reliability of the Bible

  • December 21, 2011 - The Passing of Christopher Hitchens: Carrying misconception to the Grave

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    [Click here for perspective on what Sunnah teaches about Reliability of the Bible]