How do Biblical manuscripts stack up to manuscripts from other ancient texts?
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Dave: Christians like to demonstrate how reliable the Bible is based on manuscript
Jeff: A common point is that Homer’s Iliad was the most reliable ancient
document – with 643 copies! Compared to the Bible’s 5,366 that was nothing!
Dave: But there’s a problem here friends… we’ve got to update our figures.
Jeff: Clay Jones updated a bunch of manuscript numbers in a CRI Journal from
Dave: The Iliad has increased greatly, in terms of manuscripts: it no longer has just
Jeff: Now it has 1,757! That’s a lot of new manuscripts that were found.
Dave: The Bible has some more too: There are 5,795 Greek NT manuscripts.
Jeff: So, the point still remains: The Bible is the most reliable ancient document in
the history of the world.
Dave: But let’s stop using that 643 number.
Jeff; For up to date information on that, and number of other sources and
manuscripts, check out Clay Jones’ blog and the article in the CRI Journal.
Source: “The Bibliographical Test Updated” by Clay Jones.
and the CR Journal Publish Date: 2012 | Volume: 35