"So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
(Isaiah 55:11 KJV)
After reading many different versions of the Bible and, like most of us, not knowing Aramaic, Greek and Hebrew for comparison, I don't feel safe reading just any version of the Bible. So the history of the Holy Bible seemed a good place to start but WOW there are thousands of them. So my choice was one with which most of the authors I read seemed to agree. This is some of what I found in the Christian community :
1. Timelines agree within 10 years.
2. Who wrote which Books agreed upon usually.
3. At this moment, we know of no original of any book in the Bible.
4. Manuscripts, Dead sea scrolls, etc., papers that agree.
5. Scrolls that were numbered as to how many words on a page so no extra words were included.
6. Libraries with scrolls containing letters to kings that include mention of something about God.
7. By 400 BC the Old Testament was being translated into Aramaic because the Jewish people understood it.
8. By 250 BC the Old Testament was being translated into Greek.
9. The New Testament Books were written in Greek by 45-95 AD and were being sent to churches.
10. Today most physical sciences are used to verify all old objects from wooden artifacts to written words.
With new churches forming and growing across the Roman Empire and beyond, there was a great demand for eyewitness accounts of the ministry and teachings of Jesus. There were teachers that travelled from church to church but some of them taught their own version of the Gospel and it was difficult for a small congregation to distinguish between authentic and embellished versions.
Then, in 325 AD, a group of men got together to determine what writing about God should be considered as legitimate and what could be fake. This was called The Council of Nicea which decided what writings to include and what to exclude as they compiled the Books of the Bible. They were the most knowledgeable in matters concerning God from all over the world.
This is only a very small portion of Biblical history. Read the Bible and it's progress through history for the Bible is still here and tells of more to come. The Bible is the BEST history but time will fill in the details. Read about the Old Testament and the New Testament later this month.
We invite you to our church services on Sunday morning (9:30 AM) and Worship Service at (10:30 AM) Then again Sunday evening (6:00 PM) for Bible Study along with AWANA for children which goes until 7:30 PM. Wednesday evening (7:00 PM) there is Prayer Meeting and Bible Study. When you come, ask about the choir and Prayer Team. We love visitors and would enjoy meeting you and telling you about Our Awesome God!
Flo & Bill