How We Got the Bible, Third Edition   -     By: Neil R. Lightfoot
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Baker Books / 2010 / Paperback

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Scripture is the source of Christian doctrine---but what is the Bible's origin? Get an accessible, factual account of how the world's most influential book was compiled, preserved, and transmitted to today's generation. And extensive revision of Lightfoot's enduring classic, this overview draws on current scholarship and includes new chapters on the Septuagint and Latin Vulgate. 244 pages, softcover from Baker.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0801072611
ISBN-13: 9780801072611
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How We Got the Bible provides factual, accessible answers to questions such as

How and when did the books of the Bible originate?
In what sense are these books different from other books?
How have these books been preserved and transmitted to us?
Why do we have so many different translations of the Bible?

A popular guide for Bible students, it has sold more than 1 million copies during its forty years in print. This trade paper edition of the well-loved classic offers readers an even more affordable way to learn about the development of the most important book in history.

Author Bio

Neil R. Lightfoot (PhD, Duke University) serves as Frank Pack Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. He is the author of several books, including Everyone's Guide to Hebrews.

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  1. Wayne S. Walker
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    useful information that deserves to be considered
    March 7, 2014
    Wayne S. Walker
    Salem, IL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
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    Where did the Bible come from? How has its text been preserved through the ages? And how has it come to be in translations that we can understand? How We Got the Bible is a factual account of how the Bible has been preserved and handed down to our generation, providing easily accessible answers to questions concerning the origin, preservation, and transmission of the Bible. It includes a profitable study of the numerous translations of the Bible to help one understand the heritage and origins of varying versions. There are review questions at the end of each of the eighteen chapters for either individual or group study.

    Neil R. Lightfoot, who has a Ph.D. from Duke University is Frank Pack Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, TX. This book is written not for the scholar but for the average reader who wants to understand more about how the Bible came to us; yet, it is no less accurate than an academic tome. It has sold more than one million copies during its forty years in print. There are a couple of weaknesses in my estimation. Lightfoot appears to give the same kind of slavish devotion to the modern Wescott-Hort text that he accuses those who promote the older Textus Receptus and the King James Bible of having to that text. And he lavishes great praise on the Revised Standard Version and its descendant, the New Revised Standard Version, but gives very short shrift to the New American Standard and New King James Versions. However, the book is filled with useful information that deserves to be considered.
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    Mike H
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    Quality: 5
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    Everyone should read this book. This a good explanation of the authenticity of the bible by showing how the bible came down to us.
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