Have you ever wondered about where the Bible came from? I mean, saying a book came from God is quite a claim! Is it backed up? What do we even know about the Bible? Is there a good reason to take it seriously? I want to recommend a book that will answer these questions and some more pointed ones, such as:
- Where did the Bible come from?
- Is it a copy of a copy of a copy of a ….
- What is meant by inspiration, inerrancy, and interpretation, and what are their roles?
- How do the various genres play in?
- What is it mean to be written to a specific group of people, yet still hold relevance for all people?
- How well preserved is the Bible?
- Weren’t ancient people – especially religious folk – illiterate and stupid?
- Is the Bible well attested from external sources?
- Who picked what books to put in the Bible?
- How do we get from a pile of scrolls to a book with verse numbers and footnotes?
- What are the differences between all the versions?
Rather than making an argument or giving background to answer the above questions as we typically do here, this post is an encouragement for you to pick up How the Bible Came to Be. This book is a very quick read – in fact they call it an “Ebook Short”, and you can have in on your Kindle for less than the cost of a latte. How the Bible Came to Be is edited by J. Daniel Hays and J. Scott Duvall. Each section is in the book is authored by a scholar in the field, like Mark Strauss and Daniel Wallace, and these guys know what they’re talking about. This is an easy read – you don’t need a degree to understand it. It’s also a relatively short read, so the time commitment is low. If you are curious about the Bible, or even skeptical, I encourage you to read this book. I’ll bet that your questions will be answered, or at least you’ll be given the information to track down the facts properly.