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"Challenges to the reliability of Scripture are perennial and feature usually been addressed. besides the fact that, a few of these demanding situations are significantly extra universal this present day, and the subject is at present of specific curiosity between evangelicals. ... Blomberg bargains an obtainable and nuanced argument for the Bible's reliability in accordance with the intense perspectives approximately Scripture and its authority articulated by means of either side of the Read more...

summary: "Challenges to the reliability of Scripture are perennial and feature often been addressed. despite the fact that, a few of these demanding situations are considerably extra universal this day, and the subject is presently of specific curiosity between evangelicals. ... Blomberg deals an available and nuanced argument for the Bible's reliability in keeping with the intense perspectives approximately Scripture and its authority articulated through either side of the talk. He believes cautious research of the appropriate proof indicates now we have cause to be extra convinced within the Bible than ever sooner than. As he lines his personal educational and non secular trip, Blomberg sketches out the case for self assurance within the Bible even with quite a few demanding situations to the trustworthiness of Scripture, supplying a good, knowledgeable, and defensible approach."--Publisher description

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40 It is too bad that this admission appears in an appendix and comes only after repeated criticism! Or perhaps it’s because they know most Christians (sadly) don’t care that much about the Old Testament. Petersburg, Russia, where it has long been housed). 45 With the discovery after World War II of portions of every Old Testament book except Esther in the caves near the shores of the Dead Sea, possibly representing the library of a separatist Jewish sect known as the Essenes at a monastic-like site called Qumran, scholars no longer needed to speculate.

18 The books at times provide invaluable background to understanding the theological developments within Judaism just before the time of Christ and his apostles,19 but they are not serious contenders for inclusion in the canon. , Matt. 25 Different Canons Elsewhere? This is possible, of course, but no actual evidence has yet emerged to support this hypothesis. 30 It is also noteworthy that none of the apocryphal books claim to be God’s Word, as many books of the Hebrew Scriptures do. But none of these issues should distract from the fact that the books in the Hebrew canon had no known competitors within Judaism.

Do they all merit inclusion? What about the claims of the Muslims or Mormons to have additional scriptures from a much later period of time, often viewed as even more important for the faithful? It is to these questions that we must now turn. 2 W ASN ’ T THE S ELECTIO N O F B O O KS FO R THE C ANO N J UST P O LITICAL? 1 In other words, Scripture was created by the winning side of the early (fourth-century) Christian battle for control over the belief and practice of the masses. Bart Ehrman phrases things even more forcefully: The victors in the struggles to establish Christian orthodoxy not only won their theological battles, they also rewrote the history of the conflict; later readers, then, naturally assume that the victorious views had been embraced by the vast majority of Christians from the very beginning, all the way back to Jesus and his closest followers, the apostles.

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