The Text of the Bible

  • Can we trust the Gospels? answers the Muslim charge of a corrupted Bible and traces its history.
  • The Muslim who-when-where-how-what-why-multi-problem
  • New Testament Textual Criticism and the True Significance of the Variants
  • Background issues for the dialog with Muslims

    Since we are not really experts ourselves on this somewhat technical issue, most these links lead to articles on other web sites. On this page we are only concerned with the topic of how well the text of the Biblical books has been preserved, the age of the manuscripts and similar questions. This is about textual criticism, not about content, canonicity, inspiration and other issues which are dealt with elsewhere.

  • Manuscript Evidence for the Bible
  • Origen and the Text of the New Testament
  • The New Testament Documents - Are they reliable? by F. F. Bruce
  • The New Testament Documents and the Historicity of the Resurrection
  • How Old Are the Most Ancient New Testament Manuscripts Known Today?
  • The Greek papyrus 7Q5 from Qumran
  • 7Q5 - Facts or Fiction?
  • Are the Biblical Documents Reliable?
  • The Truth of the Bible: Preserved or Corrupted?
  • The Historicity of the Bible
  • The Encyclopedia of New Testament Textual Criticism (scholarly, technical)
  • A list of links relevant to textual questions, the Resource Page for Biblical Studies and NT Papyri & Codices.

  • gopher:// has the Septuagint and the Hebrew text online.

  • Other Bible issues
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