Monthly Archives: October 2014

How Did We Get the Bible and Can We Trust It? by Darrell Bock

Excerpts: Getting the Bible was a painstaking process of copying. Long before the printing press of the 15th century not to mention computers, copies of Scripture had to be preserved by painstaking copying, one letter at a time. Some copies … Continue reading

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New Website to Foster Biblical Literacy: “Bible Fluency”

A new website has been launched combat declining biblical literacy.  It is an effort led by Professor Kenneth Berding of Biola University.  From the “About” section of the website: Bible Fluency is a free learning program for those who desire to … Continue reading

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Why the Ancient Christian Record About Jesus Is the Most Reliable | J. Warner Wallace

Jim Wallace compares the biblical witnesses with hostile Jewish and Gentile witnesses. (13 min read; 3,110 words) Why the Ancient Christian Record About Jesus Is the Most Reliable | Cold Case Christianity.

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Were the Early Christians Really Persecuted? | J. Warner Wallace

Jim Wallace provides overwhelming evidence to refute the absurd claim that early Christians were not persecuted. (7 min read; 1,786 words) Were the Early Christians Really Persecuted? | Cold Case Christianity. (HT: Greg West of The Poached Egg from Ratio … Continue reading

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Manuscript evidence for superior New Testament reliability | CARM

This is a chart of ancient authors which indicates the number of manuscripts and the dating of the oldest manuscript for each.  It is similar, though more extensive, than a chart by Rich Deem to which I have also linked. … Continue reading

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What Were the Disciples Saying About Jesus Prior to Writing the Gospels? | J. Warner Wallace

J. Warner Wallace shares a panel discussion with Gary Habermas. (6 min read; 1,494 words) What Were the Disciples Saying About Jesus Prior to Writing the Gospels? | Cold Case Christianity.

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The Difference Between Original Autographs and Original Texts | Michael J. Kruger

Excerpt: …when it comes to the quantity of manuscripts, the New Testament is in a class all its own. Although the exact count is always changing, currently we possess more than 5,500 manuscripts of the New Testament in Greek alone. … Continue reading

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Frank Viola’s Response to Betrand Russell’s Reasons for Not Being a Christian

From the opening of Frank Viola’s “Why I Am a Christian” post: In 1927, the famed British philosopher Bertrand Russell wrote an essay entitled, “Why I Am Not a Christian.” Russell’s essay inspired the title of this post. By “Christian,” … Continue reading

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A Little Background on J. Warner Wallace

I’ve often posted links on this reference shelf to the work of J. Warner Wallace.  Here’s an indication of the degree of professional competence he brings to his apologetics work. Nightline clip about J. Warner Wallace and Deputy D.A. John … Continue reading

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New website explores the history of the Bible and takes questions from site visitors

Opening paragraphs: Whether you know next to nothing about the Bible and want to become more knowledgeable or you consider yourself an expert, it might be worth checking out a new website entitled “Bible Odyssey: People Places and Passages.” Bibleodyssey.org explores … Continue reading

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