During my college years, I was blessed to worship and work with an amazing group of Christians. Our preacher loved to learn and teach. Because of that congregation, I didn’t just get a college education, I also received a very thorough Bible education!
I asked our preacher for information about the origins of the Bible and he responded by conducting an entire study on the subject. We learned about the vast collection of manuscripts as well as how choices were made on the present canon. The study served to increase my confidence in the Bible because it was evident that God had preserved and protected it for us.
On Friday, our homeschool group made a field trip to the Texas Tech Museum to visit an exhibit on Pre-Modern Bibles. My children loved seeing the gold leaf lettering and some of the old scrolls, including the facsimiles of the Dead Sea scrolls. (I admit, I had hoped to see the REAL scrolls. I was so disappointed that I didn’t even take a picture of them…)
Within the collection, there was an old King James Bible, a page from the Geneva and Douai-Rheims Bibles, a Hebrew scroll of Esther (dating from the Middle Ages), and a scroll of the Torah (also from the Middle Ages).
The visit was a valuable reminder of the importance of studying the history of the Bible as a defense for our faith. So many dismiss the Bible as outdated, impure, or distorted by opinions, but such accusations are not founded on knowledge. God’s divine power gives us what we need for life and godliness—and that definitely includes the Bible!
Here are some photos from the exhibit:
“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.”
2 Peter 1:3-4 ESV