Bible manuscripts – Number of copies and time gap

Reliability of the Bible
Why do we have confidence that the New Testament was accurately transmitted? https://youtu.be/lCBX1Hew1t0 Why do we have confidence that the Old Testament was accurately transmitted? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUwLDzs91CI The original New Testament text can be verified from a large number of manuscripts. The bibliographical test determines whether the copies we have are the same as the original. In the study of history, the closer a copy’s date is to the original, and the greater the number of copies we have, the more confident we are that it is the same as the original. Let’s examine briefly how we derive what we call history. In our schools, we are told of historical events that happened thousands of years ago and never learn to doubt them. How do people of this age know that…
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Gospel writers died for what they wrote and believed in

Reliability of the Bible
Die for a lie? Bible: Fact or Fiction? https://youtu.be/J5g-iCVFBD4 Tradition tells us that 11 of the 12 disciples died as martyrs for preaching the message of Jesus. Why would anyone die for a lie? At first the disciples didn’t believe in Jesus. When Jesus was arrested, they all forsook him and fled (Mark 14:50). It was only when Jesus rose from the dead that they really believed everything Jesus said was true (John 2:19­22). After that they were no longer timid; they gave witness to the resurrection of Jesus with great power (Acts 4:33) and were even ready to die for what they believed in. Therefore, it is very unlikely that the disciples would lie as they sealed their witness with their blood! Even the Quran attest to the disciples…
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Gospel accounts do not appear to be fabricated stories

Reliability of the Bible
The reliability of the New Testament (Internal Evidence) https://youtu.be/8Lo2kzBPOZk There are other internal evidences to prove that the New Testament accounts were not invented by the authors. Foe example, the bible records about the apostles arguing as to who shall be the greatest in heaven, their escape after Jesus’ arrest, the failure of Christ to work miracles in Galilee, the references of some unbelievers as to His possible insanity, His early uncertainty as to His mission, His confession of ignorance as to the future, His moments of bitterness, His despairing cry on the cross. No one reading these scenes can doubt the reality behind them.
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The Bible Has Been Translated Accurately

Reliability of the Bible
In what language was the Bible first written? https://youtu.be/BocngX1NyhM Was the Bible was written in languages that are long dead and no longer in use? If so, how do we know that we have understood those languages correctly and that the current translations of the Bible we have is correct? Hebrew Old TestamentThe Hebrew language was never extinct. From the ninth century to the nineteenth century, Hebrew was not spoken extensively, but is used mostly in Jewish religious observance and by scholars studying the Old Testament. Hebrew has made an amazing return from near-extinction and is today the spoken language of the Jews after they returned to Israel in 1948. Greek New TestamentThe Greek New Testament was written in Koine Greek, which stopped being used in 4th century A.D. But it…
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The New Testament records can be verified from non-biblical sources

Reliability of the Bible
Top 5 non-Christian sources attesting to the historical Jesus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAjwqDa1bcI It helps if we can verify the stories from other sources because if only one source talks about the event, it may not be accurate if that source is biased. Apart from the New Testament, there are other sources that can substantiate the accuracy and reliability of the New Testament records concerning the resurrection of Jesus. Tacitus, the Roman historian, who was born between AD 52 & 54 wrote about the reign of Nero. “Nero…..punished with the utmost refinements of cruelty a class of men, loathed for their vices, whom the crowd styled Christians. Christus, from whom they got their name, had been executed by sentence of the procurator Pontius Pilate….” Lucan, of the 2nd Century, spoke scornfully of Christ…
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