Authenticity of Old Testament Scripture
Canon of Old Testament
For good Old Testament overview
Overview of the authenticity of the Holy Scriptures
Manuscripts from Qumran Caves 1-10 (Also know as Dead Sea Scrolls)
Authenticity of New Testament Scripture
Pictures of old Manuscripts
Overview of types of New Testament Manuscripts
biblefacts.org/history/oldtext.html lists quantities of various types of extant manuscripts
www.kulikovskyonline.net/hermeneutics/body.htm with extensive lists of manuscripts and links
Duke University list of Manuscripts:
Greek - scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/codex/
www.kenscustom.com/bible/authen.html & www.bible.ca/eo/ca/ca_04.htm & www.bible.ca/eo/ca/ca_05.htm & www.bible.ca/eo/ca/ca_06.htm & www.bible.ca/eo/ca/ca_07.htm & www.bible.ca/eo/ca/ca_08.htm (Also see parts 1-3 at: www.bible.ca/eo/ca/ca_01.htm)
Exhaustive manuscript evidence for omissions/changes by modern translations:
Early textual practices - See sections numbered:
2. Christianity and Late Antiquity. - http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/jod/texts/cultures.bib.html#housman
6. Scholarship and Textual Criticism. - http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/jod/texts/cultures.bib.html#housman
The Canon of the New Testament by F. F. Bruce. See: Chapter 3 in "The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable?" (5th edition; Leicester: Intervarsity Press, 1959) http://www.worldinvisible.com/library/ffbruce/ntdocrli/ntdocont.htm
"Perhaps we can appreciate how wealthy the New Testament is in manuscript attestation if we compare the textual material for other ancient historical works. For Caesar's Gallic War (composed between 58 and 50 B.C.) there are several extant MSS, but only nine or ten are good, and the oldest is some 900 years later than Caesar's day. Of the 142 books of the Roman history of Livy (59 B.C. — A.D. 17), only 35 survive; these are known to us from not more than 20 MSS of any consequence, only one of which, and that containing fragments of Books III-VI, is as old as the fourth century. Of the 14 books of the Histories of Tacitus (c. A.D. 100) only four and a half survive; of the 16 books of his Annals, 10 survive in full and two in part. The text of these extant portions of his two great historical works depends entirely on two MSS, one of the ninth century and one of the eleventh." See: thenoblesearch.org/download/evdnc1.pdf page 8
"The extant MSS of his minor works (Dialogus de Oratoribus, Agricola, Germania) all descend from a codex of the tenth century. The History of Thucydides (c. 460 - 400 B.C.) is known to us from eight MSS, the earliest belonging to c. A.D. 900, and a few papyrus scraps, belonging to about the beginning of the Christian era. The same is true of the history of Herodotus. Yet no classical scholar would listen to an argument that the authenticity of Herodotus or Thucydides is in doubt." F. F. Bruce in The New Testament Documents Return
Biblical Canons (list of research articles)
Early and later Authors Quoting from early Canon or copies
The wide variety of evidence documenting the authenticity of the Holy Scriptures is profound.
Boyd, Robert T. (1969), A Pictorial Guide to Biblical Archaeology (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker).
Findlay, A.F. (1906), "Gospels(Apocryphal)," A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels, ed. James Hastings (Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark), Vol. I.
Geikie, Cunningham (n.d.), Hours with the Bible (New York: Hurst), Vol. I.
McGarvey, J.W. (n.d.), Sermons (Cincinnati, OH: Standard).
Manchester, William (1978), "American Caesar" Douglas McArthur, 1880-1964 (Boston: Little, Brown).
Mitchell, T.C. (1988), The Bible in the British Museum (London: British Museum).
Plummer, Alfred (1896), The Gospel According to Luke (Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark).
Smick, Elmer B. (1988), Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible, ed. Walter Elwell (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker), Vol. I.
See "Shattering the Christ-Myth" for other arguments regarding authenticity of Jesus:
Christian Evidences, Part 1 www.grmi.org/renewal/Richard_Riss/evidences/
Christian Evidences, Part 2 www.grmi.org/renewal/Richard_Riss/evidences2/
100 Scriptural Proofs That Jesus Christ Will Save All Mankind by Thomas Whittemore, 1840www.tentmaker.org/books/ScripturalProofs.html
Quotations by early church fathers: thenoblesearch.org/download/evdnc1.pdf, page 6.
|Writer||Date of Death||Number of Quotes|
|Justin Martyr||ca 165||268|
|Clement of Alexandria||ca 215||1,017|
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Icons of Evolution, Jonathan Wells
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The Right Questions: Truth, Meaning, and Public Debate, Phillip E. Johnson
Summer For The Gods [Scopes Trial], Edward Johnson
The Language of God, Francis S. Collins
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Unlocking the Mystery of Life, Illustra Media
Darwin's Deadly Legacy, Coral Ridge Ministries (Dr. D. James Kennedy)
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Answers ...with Ken Ham (12 part series on 3 DVDs), From Frog to a Prince, The Image of God, AnswersInGenesis.org
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