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The Bible Is Inspired by God
  • Yet, some have their faith shaken when learning
    of the lost books of the Bible.
  • Others question the Bibles inspiration straying
    due to debates over which books are canonized.

  • Every apologetic argument (for God, Jesus,
    Christs resurrection, etc.) ultimately leads to
    whether or not the Bible is divinely inspired.
    Cp. 2 Tim. 316
  • We will look at some evidence supporting the
    divine inspiration of the Bible.

Transmission of the Scriptures
  • The original writings and successive manuscripts
    were written on perishable items like papyrus,
    parchment, and paper.

Transmission of the Scriptures
  • To preserve the original manuscripts Jewish
    scribes meticulously made copies as the papyrus
    would quickly deteriorate. Cp. Ezra 76 (11, 12,

Transmission of the Scriptures
  • The whole process of recopying the Bible was
    controlled by strict religious rituals, and the
    scribes carefully counted j every line, k word,
    l syllable, and m letter to ensure accuracy.

Transmission of the Scriptures
  • Even though the two copies of Isaiah discovered
    in Qumran Cave1 near the Dead Sea in 1947 were
    a thousand years earlier than the oldest dated
    manuscript previously known (a.d. 980), they
    proved to be word for word identical with our
    standard Hebrew Bible in more than 95 percent of
    the text. The 5 percent of variation consisted
    chiefly of obvious slips of the pen and
    variations in spelling.

The Great Isaiah Scroll, 1QIsa
Gleason L. Archer, Jr. A Survey of Old Testament
Introduction, p. 25.
Fulfilled Prophecy
  • Some other religions make prophetic claims,
    however, in no other religion in the world has
    prophecy been fulfilled so completely and so
    accurately as that recorded in the Bible.
  • Story, Dan (1997). Defending your faith (page 46)

Fulfilled Prophecy
  • NOTE The Bible makes it clear how to tell
    whether a prophet was true or false. Deut.
  • But the prophet who speaks a word presumptuously
    in My name which I have not commanded him to
    speak, or which he speaks in the name of other
    gods, that prophet shall die. You may say in
    your heart, How will we know the word which the
    Lord has not spoken? When a prophet speaks in
    the name of the Lord, if the thing does not come
    about or come true, that is the thing which the
    Lord has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it
    presumptuously you shall not be afraid of him.

Fulfilled Prophecy
  • Over 2,000 fulfilled prophecies are made in the
    Bible with hundreds specific to Jesus Christ
    (place of birth, tribe and lineage, ministry,
    betrayal by Judas, suffering, crucifixion, and
  • Further authenticating the dating and reliability
    of the Hebrew (Old Testament) Scriptures is the
    Greek translation (Septuagint) written more than
    two hundred years before Christ was born!

Over 300 PropheciesConcerning Jesus Christ
  • Born of a virgin? Isa. 714 (Matt. 123)
  • Who would ever prophecy a virgin would give
  • Born in Bethlehem. Mic. 52 (Matt. 26)
  • Would be betrayed by close friend. Psa. 419 (Jn.

What Jesus Regarded As Scripture
  • Three Collections made up the O.T. Scriptures
  • The Law (Torah) - Genesis - Deuteronomy
  • The Prophets (Neviim) - Joshua, Judges, 1 2
    Samuel (one volume), 1 2 Kings (one volume),
    Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, the 12 Minor Prophets
    (one volume)
  • The Writings (Kethubim) - Psalms, Proverbs, Job,
    Ruth, Song of Solomon, Ecclesiastes,
    Lamentations, Esther, Daniel, Ezra and Nehemiah
    (one volume), 1 2 Chronicles (one volume)

What Jesus Regarded As Scripture
  • Jesus referred to these three collections as the
    Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms.
    Lk. 2444
  • Most often the O.T. was referred to as the Law
    and the Prophets. Matt. 517 113 Lk. 1616
    Jn. 145 Acts 1315 2414
  • Jesus quotes out of 24 O.T. books
  • Other N.T. writers quote out of 34 O.T. books

  • By Jesus day the O.T. scriptures were already in
    Canon (Apocrypha was not).
  • The Qumran Scrolls (date as far back as 300 BCE)
  • The Septuagint (Greek translation of the Hebrew
    Old Testament) was written by 285 BCE).
  • Jesus quoted from all three collections of the
    Hebrew Bible

  • While only looking at the Old Testament
    Scriptures we can clearly see that Jesus (and all
    New Testament writers) regarded what was called
    Scripture as God breathed. 2 Tim. 316
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