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ElShamah Ministries: Defending the Christian Worldview and Creationism

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Has the original text of the gospels and other books contained in the Bible remained preserved?

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Has the original text of the gospels and other books contained in the Bible remained preserved?


Amidst the many manuscripts that exist,
Thousands of fragments, a scholar's list,
Greek, Latin, Syriac, and more,
All studied and compared to find what's in store.

Dating back to the second century,
The New Testament's history is no mystery,
With over 5,800 Greek texts alone,
Scholars examine each and every stone.

Though some variations do appear,
Minor changes that do not impair,
The core message remains the same,
The teachings of Jesus, still in flame.

With careful analysis and evaluation,
Scholars determine the text's true narration,
The age, origin, and characteristics of each,
Help to determine the accurate speech.

Through it all, the message stands true,
The teachings of Jesus, for me and you,
Withstanding the test of time,
An unwavering truth, forever sublime.

There are thousands of different fragments and manuscripts of the New Testament that are known to exist. The exact number is difficult to determine, as new discoveries are continually being made, and some manuscripts may be fragmented and scattered in multiple locations. However, it is estimated that there are over 5,800 Greek manuscripts alone, with some of the earliest dating back to the second century AD. Additionally, there are many more manuscripts in other languages, such as Latin, Syriac, Coptic, and Armenian. While there are certainly variations among these manuscripts, the vast number of them provides scholars with a wealth of material to compare and analyze, leading to a better understanding of the text of the New Testament.

It is generally accepted among scholars that even though there are variations in the manuscripts and fragments of the New Testament, the core message has remained unchanged. The vast majority of these variations are minor and do not affect the meaning of the text, such as differences in spelling, word order, and minor grammatical changes.

Furthermore, scholars have developed methods for determining the most accurate readings of the original text based on careful comparison of the available manuscripts and fragments. These methods include evaluating the age, geographic origin, and textual characteristics of the different manuscripts, as well as comparing them to early translations and quotations of the text from other sources.

Overall, while there may be small variations in the manuscripts and fragments of the New Testament, the core message and teachings of the text have remained consistent throughout the centuries.

The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, a collection of Jewish texts that were preserved in caves near Qumran, provides valuable insight into the transmission of the Old Testament. Among the scrolls were multiple copies of various Old Testament books, including nearly complete copies of some books like Isaiah, as well as fragments of other books.

These scrolls were written in Hebrew and Aramaic, the same languages in which the Old Testament was originally written. The scrolls date from the third century BC to the first century AD, making them the oldest surviving copies of the Old Testament.

One of the most remarkable things about the Dead Sea Scrolls is how consistent they are with later manuscripts of the Old Testament that were copied centuries later. The fact that the scrolls were preserved in caves for centuries without being altered, and that they were written before the rise of Christianity, gives us confidence that the Old Testament has been transmitted faithfully throughout the centuries.

In addition to the Dead Sea Scrolls, there are also thousands of other Old Testament manuscripts and fragments that have been discovered, dating from different times and places. Scholars use these manuscripts to compare and analyze the text, and they have found that the variations among them are generally minor and do not affect the core message of the text.

Overall, the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls and other manuscripts confirms the faithfulness of the transmission of the Old Testament throughout history.

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