The Bible Is Inspired by God. Yet, some have their faith shaken when learning of the “lost books of the Bible.” Others question the Bible’s inspiration straying due to debates over which books are canonized. Introduction.
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The original writings and successive manuscripts were written on perishable items like papyrus, parchment, and paper.
To preserve the original manuscripts Jewish scribes meticulously made copies as the papyrus would quickly deteriorate. Cp. Ezra 7:6 (11, 12, 21)
The whole process of recopying the Bible was controlled by strict religious rituals, and the scribes carefully counted j every line, kword, lsyllable, and mletter to ensure accuracy.”
“Even though the two copies of Isaiah discovered in Qumran Cave1 near the Dead Sea in 1947 were a thousand years earlier than the oldest dated manuscript previously known (a.d. 980), they proved to be word for word identical with our standard Hebrew Bible in more than 95 percent of the text. The 5 percent of variation consisted chiefly of obvious slips of the pen and variations in spelling.”
The Great Isaiah Scroll, 1QIsa
Gleason L. Archer, Jr. A Survey of Old Testament Introduction, p. 25.
“Some other religions make prophetic claims, however, in no other religion in the world has prophecy been fulfilled so completely and so accurately as that recorded in the Bible.”
Story, Dan (1997). Defending your faith (page 46)
But the prophet who speaks a word presumptuously in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or which he speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.’ You may say in your heart, ‘How will we know the word which the Lord has not spoken?’ When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.
Three “Collections” made up the O.T. Scriptures:
By Jesus’ day the O.T. scriptures were already in Canon (Apocrypha was not).
While only looking at the Old Testament Scriptures we can clearly see that Jesus (and all New Testament writers) regarded what was called “Scripture” as “God breathed”. 2 Tim. 3:16