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Has Bible been Perfectly Preserved?

March 19, 2018 Comparative Religion 1

Over times, several attacks have been made by Christian apologists concerning the preservation of the Glorious Qur’an. They always try but their best are not always enough. But call them to defend their own scripture, they take to their heels.

Has Bible been perfectly preserved?
Which if the Bibles are we even talking about here?
The Catholic Bible(73 books)?
The Protestant Bible(66 books)?
The Orthodox Bible (81 books)?

Which of the above Bibles contain the right numbers of books?
I once asked a Christian apologist, who decides what and what should become part of the Bible, since several Bibles contain different numbers of books. He said “I don’t know”.
How do we even know the right Bible then?

The Bible is divided into two parts, the old and the new Testaments. I still can’t figure out why the God of the Bible can be ridiculed. His words could be old and new.

The oldest known manuscripts of the entire Christian Bible are the Codex Sinaiticus, so named because it was found at a monastery on Mt. Sinai, and the Codex Vaticanus, which takes its name from the Vatican library where it now resides. Both are dated to approximately 350 A.D.

There is a riddle for the Christians to solve here, Codex Sinaiticus and Vaticanus were dated to around 350A.D., which Bible was used in the Council of Nicea that happened in the 325A.D where the destiny of Christianity was defined? The oldest manuscript was not in existence then.

Could it be that it was the Dead sea Scroll that was used by the bishops summoned by Constantine in 325AD? How many books were there?

The Council of Trent was held between 1545-1563.There they sat, deliberated and Voilà, The Bible emerged! Bravo!

Which Bible was used before this meeting? How many books?

The New Testament has been “preserved” in more manuscripts than any other ancient work, having over 5,800 complete or fragmented Greek manuscripts, 10,000 Latin manuscripts and 9,300 manuscripts in various other ancient languages including Syriac, Slavic , Gothic, Ethiopic , Coptic and Armenian . The dates of these manuscripts range from c 125 (the 52 papyrus, oldest copy of John fragments) to the introduction of printing in Germany in the 15th century.

The Bibles of today still have different contents, aside the difference in the numbers of books they have. For example, 1 Samuel 13vs1:

New International Version
Saul was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned over Israel forty- two years.

English Standard Version
Saul lived for one year and then became king, and when he had reigned for two years over Israel,

New American Standard Bible
Saul was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty two years over Israel.

King James Bible
Saul reigned one year; and when he had reigned two years over Israel,

Contemporary English Version
Saul was a young man when he became king, and he ruled Israel for two years.

International Standard Version
Saul was 30 years old when he began to reign, and he ruled for 42 years over Israel.

NET Bible
Saul was [thirty] years old when he began to reign; he ruled over Israel for [forty] years.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Saul was –years old when he began to reign; and two years he reigned over Israel.

New American Standard 1977
Saul was forty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty -two years over Israel.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Saul was as a son of one year when he began to reign, and when he had reigned two years over Israel,

Which of these Bibles is translated from the perfectly preserved manuscript?

Bible has suffered from alterations over centuries. For example, between the fourth and second centuries B.C.E., the writers of the Samaritan Pentateuch inserted after Exodus 20:17 the words “in Aargaareezem. And there you shall build an altar.” The Samaritans thus hoped to make the Scriptures support their construction of a temple on “Aargaareezem,” or Mount Gerizim.
Another example, in less than 300 years after the Bible was completed, a Trinitarian writer added to 1 John 5:7 the words “in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” That statement did not appear in the original text. “From the sixth century onwards,” notes Bible scholar Bruce Metzger, those words were “found more and more frequently in manuscripts of the Old Latin and of the [Latin] Vulgate.”

The perfection of the preservation of the Bible is dashed by another big blow. A book is mentioned in the old testament, but the book is no where to be found in this present day’s Bibles.

Joshua 10:13
So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar. The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day.

2 Samuel 1:18
and he told them to teach the sons of Judah the song of the bow; behold, it is written in the Book of Jashar.

Where is the book of Jashar? Under the ground I guess.

The new testament alone has suffered greatly from alterations, even as it is being called new testament. Textual scholar Bart D. Ehrman writes: “It is true, of course, that the New Testament is abundantly attested in the manuscripts produced through the ages, but most of these manuscripts are many centuries removed from the originals, and none of them perfectly accurate. They all contain mistakes -altogether many thousands of mistakes. It is not an easy task to reconstruct the original words of the New Testament....”

Wikipedia has this to say concerning the preservation of the Bible,

“Every year, several New Testament manuscripts handwritten in the original Greek format are discovered. The latest substantial find was in 2008, when 47 new manuscripts were discovered in Albania ; at least 17 of them unknown to Western scholars. There has been an estimate of 400,000 variations among all these manuscripts (from the 2nd to 15th century). If you spread those 400,000 variations over 5,600 manuscripts, that comes out to only about 71 variations per manuscript. (400,000 divided by 5,600). Some variations involve apparently intentional changes, which often make more difficult a determination of whether they were corrections from better exemplars, harmonizations between readings, or ideologically motivated.”

Tell me Bible has been perfectly preserved and I’ll tell you a mother of two can still be virgin!

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