Intro: Ten Key Points!

Written by gregdenham on July 4th, 2009

Okay, let’s begin our series on “How We Got The Bible?” with TEN KEY POINTS! These TEN KEY POINTS will be a great introduction to our subject that we will be expanding on in the weeks ahead.


Here we go …


#1 The Bible is inspired by God (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21).


#2 The Bible is made up of 66 different books that were written over 1600 years (from approximately fifteen hundred BC to AD 100 by more than 40 kings, prophets, leaders and followers of Jesus. The Old Testament has 39 books (written approx.  1500-400BC).  The New Testament has 27 books (written approx. AD 45-100). The Hebrew Bible has the same text as the English Bible’s Old Testament – but divides, and arranges it differently.


#3 The Old Testament was written mainly in Hebrew, with some Aramaic. The New Testament was written in Greek.


#4  The books of the Bible were collected, and arranged and recognized as inspired sacred authority by councils of rabbis and councils of church leaders based on careful guidelines.


#5  Before the printing press was invented, the Bible was copied by hand.  The Bible was copied very accurately, in many cases by special scribes who developed intricate methods of counting words and letters to insure that no errors had been made.


#6  The Bible was the first book ever printed on the printing press with moveable type (Gutenberg Press, 1455, Latin Bible).


#7  There is much evidence that the Bible we have today is remarkably true to the original writings.  Of the thousands of copies made by hand before 1500, more the 5,300 Greek manuscripts from the New Testament alone still exist today.  The text of the Bible is better preserved than the writings of Plato or Aristotle.


#8  The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls confirmed the astonishing reliability of some of the copies of the Old Testament over the years.  Although some spelling variations exist, no variation affects basic Bible doctrines.


#9  As the Bible was carried to other countries, it was translated into the common language of the people by scholars who wanted others to know God’s Word.  Today there are still 2,000 groups with no Bible in their own language. 


#10  By AD 200, the Bible was translated into 700 different languages; by 500, 13 languages; by 900, 17 languages; by 1400, 28 languages;  by 1800, 57 languages; by 1900, 537 languages; by 1980, 1,100 languages; by 2006, 2,426 languages have some portions of the Scripture.

1 Comments so far ↓

  1. Steve Johnson says:


    This information is would be a good topic for a bible study or short series. I have a son in law who claims to have been saved at a young age but is having serious doubts right now, and this is one of his big issues. Who wrote it..where was it written, by who (a couple books authors are questionable, and that really bothers him) why were books chosen to be placed in the bible and others not, etc.

    He and my daugter live in Marysville and would like to visit the new church in Lincoln…do you have the name and address?

    We have only been attending Calvary Auburn for a month or so but have really been blessed by your teaching…and by your awesome family!!

    Thank you,


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