Is our copy of the Bible a reliable copy of the original? In a word, yes. At the very least, we can be more sure of the Bible’s text that we can of the writings of Plato, Thucydides, Tactitus, Suetonius, Homer, and any other writer from ancient times.
This article – Is Our Copy of the Bible a Reliable Copy of the Original – includes a chart which demonstrates in specific and comparative terms why we can be more confident about the original contents of the New Testament documents than we can about the original contents of any other documents from antiquity. I have also linked to a more extensive chart of this kind from CARM (Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry)
Related post from me: Authors of Antiquity
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