The Reliability of the New Testament

Bill Mounce

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What reasons should we have for trusting the Bible? Today’s culture often casts doubt on the trustworthiness of the Gospel accounts and other testimonies of the in-breaking of God’s kingdom in the New Testament. It is common to hear claims that there are over 400,000 differences in all of the manuscripts we have of the New Testament. If we cannot even know for certain what the original documents in the New Testament said, how can we trust the factual claims it’s making about the life of Jesus and his apostles? When presented truthfully, the facts actually paint a much more generous and accurate portrait of the New Testament’s textual transmission. It’s important to know what the implications really are, and how this makes a difference.

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