How We Got the Bible - eBook
How We Got the Bible - eBook  -     By: Neil R. Lightfoot
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2003
ISBN: 9781585581436
ISBN-13: 9781585581436

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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?
How We Got the Bible provides factual, accessible answers to questions like these. A classic guide for Bible students, it has sold more than 300,000 copies during its forty years in print. Now, in this new edition, each chapter has been revised and chapters have been added, including two on the Septuagint and the Latin Vulgate. This thorough revision will tempt fans of the previous edition and pave the way for a new generation of readers as well.

Author Bio

Neil R. Lightfoot (Ph.D., 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. Mrricos
    Chino Hills, Ca
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    Basic, Misleading and Assumptive Wording
    December 7, 2017
    Mrricos
    Chino Hills, Ca
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 1
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 2
    This review was written for How We Got the Bible, Third Edition .
    Overall I would not recommend this book to anyone who has limited, or no experience at all with this subject. Find an objective treatment of the study, one without any prejuduce or an agenda. God has preserved His Word through the years for us to enjoy. He is not concerned with selling any particular English Version over the other, that is the goal of publishing companies. Use the version your pastor teaches from and read, study and know the Word of God. If the Lord leads you to use a particular version over another, then do that. But most importantly, READ! My limited review follows:

    First of all, Ive read many of the reviews of this book and realize it is well received. Second, I would like to make clear the fact that I am no scholar or textual critic, I am just a student of the Bible. I have researched this area of biblical study, so I may have above average knowledge.

    As I read through the pages of this book, I quickly sensed what seemed an agenda by Lightfoot rather than an objective treatment of the study. There is no reason here to make a lengthly critique of Lightfoots work, but only to state some concerns.

    Lightfoot makes clear his overwhelming confidence in the Vatican and Sinaitic Codex. Like many of the so called scholars and textual critics who write on the subject, they hold these two codex in the highest regards, and nearly all of them describe these codex as the oldest, complete Bibles we have. Lightfoot writes,

    Very often, as here, if the Vatican and Sinaitic Manuscripts support a particular reading, this is sufficient authority for the reading. This well illustrates the unchallenged supremacy that these two uncials sustain as witnesses on the New Testament text (page 92).

    So to Lightfoot and others, these two manuscripts are renderings of the original text of the Bible, as handed down by the authors. There are some very serious problems with this theory. (1) The Vatican and Sinaitic Codex do not contain the same text; they differ from one another significantly. (2) The published Sinaitic Codex is not the same text Tischendorf discovered at St. Catherines Monastery in Sinai. Tischendorf made numerous changes to the text prior to its publication. (3) Neither of these codex are complete Bibles as endlessly touted in books, speeches and commentaries. The truth is, these scholars are only parroting a popular belief they support. It would be good for the reader to research these codex for themselves to find out what they are and contain. (4) There are many scholars, textual critics, bible teachers and commentators who do not hold the views of Lightfoot in considering theses codex to have an unchallenged supremacy.

    The last point I would like make is, though Lightfoot may not have intended to do so in propagating his trust in certain manuscripts, he has nevertheless undermined confidence in English translations of the Bible. There are many good translations for English-speaking people to read. What Lightfoot has done (though it be unwittingly or not) is to remove a persons trust of the text before them. He spent significant time undermining the methods of early copyists and how the text of the Bible was translated. But according to Lightfoot, thank God for the textual critic, for without them we would be lost. He writes:

    Because textual criticism is a sound science, our text is secure and the textual foundation of our faith remains unshakable (pg. 94).

    If not very well studied in the Scriptures, I would be very insecure about the text of the Bible, and my faith would be shaken after having read Lightfoots treatment of the subject. Again, Lightfoot clearly has an agenda and this more than anything else drove his opinion. I did not care at all for his subtle wording, which I found intent on lingering in my mind until a similar point was made later. Lightfoot seemed to try and setup his readers with insignificant points, only to later attemt to tie them into a larger one.
  2. twitch
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    How We Got the Bible
    May 3, 2017
    twitch
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for How We Got the Bible, Third Edition .
    Great reading. Scholarly but easy enough that all can understand it. Really helps me realize how much the Bible is trustworthy. Helped me understand textual criticism and its role in learning to trust the Word of God even more. I also liked this author's appreciation and history of languages.
  3. Ray
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A good look at the Good Book!
    October 3, 2014
    Ray
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for How We Got the Bible, Third Edition .
    Used this as a basis for a Wednesday night study at Ice Lake Church of Christ.

  4. Wayne S. Walker
    Salem, IL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    useful information that deserves to be considered
    March 7, 2014
    Wayne S. Walker
    Salem, IL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    This review was written for How We Got the Bible, Third Edition .
    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.
  5. Mike H
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Very Good Book
    August 31, 2012
    Mike H
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for How We Got the Bible, Third Edition .
    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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