I. What is textual criticism? "Textual criticism is the science and art that seeks to determine the most reliable wording of a text." – Paul Wegner, A Student's Guide to Textual Criticism of the Bible, 24 We have many manuscripts (mss) of biblical books, and no two manuscripts are exactly the same. They contain variants, … Continue reading How We Got the Bible: Textual Criticism
This is the third in my series of posts which consist of the notes I distributed as part of the Sunday School classes I taught this fall. Today we have reached the middle point of the first class. I. Criteria of Canonicity – the criteria used to determine whether a particular book should be in … Continue reading How We Got the Bible: New Testament
I. "canon" Canon – comes from the Greek word kanon, which means "a rule, standard, or a firm criterion against which something is measured." When talking about scripture, it means "the list of books contained in scripture, the list of books recognized as worthy to be included in the sacred writings of a worshipping community." … Continue reading How We Got the Bible: Old Testament
I. INTRODUCTION II. WHY THIS CLASS? A. There are lots of ideas out there about how we got the Bible, and many of them are critical of the view Christians hold. We ought to be informed about these viewpoints for two reasons: so we can keep from being deceived by them, and so that we … Continue reading How We Got the Bible Introduction: Why This Class?