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How We Got the Bible
Neil R. Lightfoot

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Format: Hardcover, 224pp.
ISBN: 9780801012525
Publisher: Baker Book House
Pub. Date: 3rd edition June 2003

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How old are the earliest Biblical manuscripts?

How has the Bible been preserved and transmitted to us?

Why do we have so many different translations of the Bible?

How did early Christians decide which writings to include in the Bible?

How We Got the Bible provides well-researched, accessible answers to many questions like these. Learn about the first materials used to write down the words of Scripture. Uncover the facts of some of history's most fascinating archaeological discoveries, including those of the Sinaitic Manuscript, the Oxyrhynchus Papyri, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Travel through history, from Jerome to Tyndale and beyond, as Neil R. Lightfoot discusses the origin, transmission, and translation of the Bible.

Illustrations and review questions at the end of each chapter make this book ideal for either individual or group study. Concise and engaging, How We Got the Bible is a useful resource for anyone who wants to know the story behind the most widely read book of all time.


A tool which deserves its place in the equipment of the Bible student.... The Style is simple, lucid, nontechnical. The college neophyte in this subject will find it not only readable, but interesting.
R. D. Congdon, Biliotheca Sacra


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Neil R. Lightfoot (Ph.D., Duke University) serves as Frank Pack distinguished professor of New Testament at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. He is the author of several books, including Everyone's Guide to Hebrews.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition9
1The Making of Ancient Books11
2The Birth of the Bible21
3Manuscripts of the New Testaments33
4The Sinaitic Manuscript43
5Other New Testament Manuscripts55
6Ancient Versions: The New Testament65
7Manuscripts of Special Interest75
8The Text of the New Testament87
9Significance of Textual Variations95
10Restoring the New Testament Text104
11Manuscripts From the Sand114
12The Text of the Old Testament128
13Ancient Versions: The Old Testament141
14The Canon of the Scriptures152
15The Apocryphal Books163
16The English Bible to 1611174
17Recent Translations of the English Bible186
18"My Words Will Not Pass Away"201

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