Validating the bible

31-Mar-2018 16:14

This prompted the translation of the Hebrew-Aramaic manuscripts into Greek.The Septuagint was originally the only Greek translation of the Pentateuch.

This popular version of the Torah, which was in use prior to the rabbinic tradition, provides scholars with yet another witness to the earlier forms of the Pentateuchal texts.

Following the tradition of earlier scribes, the Masoretes were committed to faithfully preserving the correct form of the Hebrew text.

The tradition of the Masoretic Text is significant for four reasons: It provided the only textual witness to the Old Testament for more than 1,000 years (9th century AD to 1947 when the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered); its internal consistency clearly attests to the care, precision, and systematic rigor with which the Masoretic scribes copied the manuscripts; the Masoretic Text tradition allows the textual critic to reasonably assume a prior tradition going back to as early as AD 70; and it provides the primary textual witness by which all other textual witnesses are measured.

In last week’s blog post we answered the question, “Did ancient scribes faithfully transcribe biblical texts? ” I hope one truth you’re learning, as we travel this series together, is that the Bible is THE most vetted document in the history of the world.

So much historical documentation exists to confirm the faithful transcription of Scripture.

This popular version of the Torah, which was in use prior to the rabbinic tradition, provides scholars with yet another witness to the earlier forms of the Pentateuchal texts.Following the tradition of earlier scribes, the Masoretes were committed to faithfully preserving the correct form of the Hebrew text.The tradition of the Masoretic Text is significant for four reasons: It provided the only textual witness to the Old Testament for more than 1,000 years (9th century AD to 1947 when the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered); its internal consistency clearly attests to the care, precision, and systematic rigor with which the Masoretic scribes copied the manuscripts; the Masoretic Text tradition allows the textual critic to reasonably assume a prior tradition going back to as early as AD 70; and it provides the primary textual witness by which all other textual witnesses are measured.In last week’s blog post we answered the question, “Did ancient scribes faithfully transcribe biblical texts? ” I hope one truth you’re learning, as we travel this series together, is that the Bible is THE most vetted document in the history of the world.So much historical documentation exists to confirm the faithful transcription of Scripture.Scholars believe the scrolls offer “backlighting on the New Testament,” which aids in scholarly understanding of New Testament passages.