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How We Got The Bible

How We Got The Bible

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Author: Timothy Paul Jones PhD
ISBN: 9781628622164
Product Code: 4067X
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2016 Christian Book of the Year Award Winner in Bible Reference

From Moses to Gutenberg, easily find out how we got the Bible we have today and discover why we can trust it with this highly-visual and easy-to-understand handbook on the history of Bible! Dive into the fascinating stories of the people who risked their lives to print and distribute the Word of God (Tyndale, Wycliffe, etc). Perfect for personal or small group use.

Have you ever wondered where the Bible came from? Who wrote the books of the Bible and how did they end up together? Perhaps you have been asked by a friend or coworker about books that were cut out of the Bible. Through seven dynamic chapters in How We Got the Bible, expert Dr. Timothy Paul Jones will guide you through all the important questions about the Holy Bible to show you why it can be trusted. Filled with dramatic stories and highly-visual charts and illustrations, this exciting Bible History handbook will take you from the earliest clay tablets and papyrus copies to the first bound Bible and the various Bible translations that we use today!

With this Bible history handbook, you will discover—

  • 3 Ways the Bible is Unlike Any Other "Holy Book"
  • What it means when we say that the Bible is inspired and inerrant
  • What people did to preserve the text of the Bible over the centuries
  • How we know that the Old and New Testament are reliable
  • The stories behind names like John Wycliffe, William Tyndale, Gutenberg, and King James I

Explore how God communicates with us through his written Word and how it came to be! Easily understand why the Bible recording process isn't just a giant game of Telephone. Get a rich overview of Bible history at a glance, whether you're reading this for your personal enrichment or with your church small group. This book is perfect for young adults and adult studies.

Find Out Fascinating Facts on the History of the Bible

Find out fascinating facts as you get a solid overview of Bible-making history. In a fun and highly visual way, expert Dr. Timothy Paul Jones brings history to life. Enjoy learning important terms, key Scripture, and incredible insight that will help you establish a strong understanding of the Bible's reliability.

  • The text of the Bible is better preserved than the writing of Plato or Aristotle.
  • There is more than 99% agreement between all of the known manuscripts of the Bible.
  • There are over 5,700 manuscripts of the New Testament compared to 210 surviving copies of Plato.
  • Every book in the New Testament was written down before the eyewitnesses of Jesus passed away.

How We Got the Bible Chapters Include—

  • Chapter 1: What's So Special About the Bible?

How We Got the Old Testament

  • Chapter 2: How Did the Old Testament Get from God to You?
  • Chapter 3: Which Books Belong in the Old Testament?

How We Got the New Testament

  • Chapter 4: Can We Trust the New Testament?
  • Chapter 5: Who Created the New Testament Canon?

How the Bible Made It from Manuscripts to You

  • Chapter 6: How Was the New Testament Copied?
  • Chapter 7: Where Did the English Bible Come From?

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4 Key Features of the How We Got the Bible Handbook

    1. Get a Simple Overview of the history of the Bible (Covers over 3,500 Years)

    Enjoy having a concise overview of the Bible's entire history at your fingertips. All bound in one book, you can firmly grasp what biblical reliability means in six engaging and easy-to-understand chapters, packed with key events and people to deepen your understanding of the history of the Bible:

    • Key people including Wycliffe, Tyndale, Gutenberg, and Erasmus
    • The Dead Sea Scrolls, the Vulgate, the King James Bible, and today's modern Bible translations
    • Ancient methods and materials used by scribes to hand copy the Bible accurately
    • Charts and explanation of how we got the Bible in English and much more!

    2. Provides Solid Proofs for Why You Can Trust the Bible

    Easily compare today's Bible with the Dead Sea Scrolls and many more early church records from past centuries to see how carefully the texts have been translated and recorded. Enjoy getting a simple explanation of the Bible's reliability with basic apologetics.

    3. Packed with Fascinating Stories of Key People and Events

    History can be a dry and tedious subject - but not with the How We Got the Bible handbook! Easily absorb important facts and information in a fun and easy-to-understand way that will have you not wanting to put this book down. Instead of flipping through volumes of bland history, sit back and take in the exciting stories of William Tyndale, the first century apostles, the Gutenberg printing press, and so much more!

    4. Filled with Visual Charts, Definitions, and Additional Resources

    Save hours looking up technical terms and searching for extra time lines and charts: it's all here in one easy-to-understand handbook! With the flip of a page, you'll find charts simplifying technical definitions, an English Bible Translations Comparison, and references to give you a complete overview of how the Bible was formed.

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Best for—

  • Individual use
  • Discipleship
  • Small Group or Sunday School class
  • Christian School
  • Homeschoolers
  • New Believers' class
  • Church library

Enjoy this incredible book's helpful features, including—

  • Section headers, making it easy-to-read and reference
  • Concise and simple language
  • Thousands of fascinating facts that enrich any Bible history Study
  • Apologetics terminology (includes a glossary of key terms)
  • Charts comparing English Bible Translations

There's a small group DVD-based curriculum to go with this book. Click here to find out more about the How We Got the Bible DVD Study

What People Are Saying About this Bible Apologetics Handbook:

"Dr. Timothy Paul Jones has created a helpful and easy-to-follow book and DVD series showing that the Bible can be trusted. How We Got the Bible is helpful for skeptics who are unsure about the reliability of the Bible, but also for believers who want to go deeper in their faith."—Sean McDowell, PhD, Assistant Professor at Biola University, author of Is God Just a Human Invention?
"How We Got the Bible is a masterful presentation on the origin, trustworthiness, and history of the Bible. With clarity and wit, Dr. Timothy Jones answers key questions on how this ancient book came to be, how it was transmitted to our day,and he also includes the dramatic stories behind our English Bibles. You'll treasure your Bible more after this study."—Diana Severance, PhD, Director, Dunham Bible Museum, Houston Baptist University
"As Christians, we have a responsibility to 'stand firm and hold to the traditions you were taught' (2 Thess. 2:15). How We Got the Bible DVD is an easy-to-use tool that prepares Christians by bringing to life the people and events of history."—Gabriel Etzel, DMin, PhD, Administrative Dean, School of Divinity, Liberty University

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Meet the Author for How We Got the Bible: Dr. Timothy Paul Jones

Timothy Paul Jones serves as the C. Edwin Gheens professor of Christian ministry and as Associate Vice President at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in applied apologetics and family ministry. Before coming to Southern, he led churches in Missouri and Oklahoma as pastor and associate pastor.

Dr. Jones has authored or contributed to more than a dozen books, including PROOF; Conspiracies and the Cross; and Christian History Made Easy. In 2010, Christian Retailing magazine selected Christian History Made Easy as the book of the year in the field of Christian education.

He is married to Rayann and they have three daughters. The Jones family works in SojournKids and community group ministry at Sojourn Community Church.

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on 1/7/2017 Absolutely awesome!
I thoroughly enjoyed reading How We Got The Bible. This book is very informative, well-formatted and easy to understand. As I was reading, I didn't feel weighed down with excessive dates, terms and events, but I was engaged all the way through! I believe How We Got The Bible should be in every Christian's list of books-to-read. This book would also serve great for historians and even skeptics. How We Got The Bible is definitely not a one-time read and I will be using this book as a reference guide whenever necessary. Thank you so much Timothy Jones and Rose Publishing for this material. God bless!
on 7/4/2016 An Award Winner for Sure
My wife often reminds me the world does not veer off the interstate to follow brown signs like I do. In other words, just because I teach history and love it doesn’t mean everyone is into it. Too many dates and too many dead people are not her idea of a good time. I’m conscious a lot of people don’t enjoy history at all. I am reminded many people just want the big picture. Rose Publishing’s "How We Got the Bible" is just that: the big picture with plenty of big pictures. But it doesn’t skimp on content. It’s why it won the 2016 The Christian Book Award from the ECPA. When I read "How We Got the Bible", I see the names and subjects that matter for us to know where the Bible came from: Erasmus, Tyndale, the Great Bible, Jerome, Wycliffe, the Great Bible, Jerome, Wycliffe, the Geneva Bible, and even old King James. They (and many others) are all there and they are all significant. I plan on making How We Got the Bible as “required reading” when I teach the “History of the Bible”.
on 6/10/2016 My favorite book about the history of the Bible in print
Rose Publishing’s How We Got the Bible is a 189-page book from Timothy Paul Jones that shows where the Bible came from and why it contains the books that it does. Dr. Jones takes this a step further by discussing why we have the Bible in the first place, which is something most never mention. It not only covers the historical events of writing the Scriptures but also shows how God spoke to others before the Scriptures were written, how He speaks through His creation, and as the Word made Flesh. He shows that God speaks to us through His Word. He describes the historical context of the writings and why the Bible was needed. He uses Scripture to show that the text itself was inspired and not just the authors. He discusses the meaning of infallibility and inerrancy, and goes into great detail showing that the Bible has no errors and what that actually means. He provides quotes from prominent writers in history, including those today, and shows what they have thought about the inerrancy of Scripture. He goes into detail about the copy process and explains that it was the original writings that were inspired and inerrant – not copies by scribes. He even covers some points about interpretation and how misinterpreting Scripture has started false doctrines throughout history. The information covers the historical context, type of writing, and the types of questions to ask about the text based on the type of text it is. He tells several stories about people throughout the book. He gets a little talkative at first about a story of a little girl that wants to meet Jesus in the flesh. He tells a few other stories throughout but they become less prominent as the book continues. Old Testament Jones very carefully goes through the history of how the Old Testament was written, talks about the authors and their circumstances of writing (if known), and shows a chart of the books and date of writing. He covers the materials they used to do the writing and how God talked to them to guide what they wrote and the languages they wrote in including details about how the written languages work. He covers the Masoretic manuscripts and how the Dead Sea Scrolls validated their accuracy. He also talks about which books belong in the Bible and explains why the Apocrypha isn’t considered canon. New Testament He gives particular detail on the development of the NT and pseudepigraphal documents and the history surrounding them. He handles the critics about the NT writings, eye-witness accounts, etc., and shows that the first century was an oral culture, not a written culture. He goes into detail showing what that means and how they protected the oral accounts. He backs up his claims of reliability with evidence. He shows how eyewitnesses were always available to correct any information in the Gospels if it had been incorrect, and gives historical proof that they did care about preserving testimonies with accuracy. He discusses how the NT books were chosen to be included. Again, he handles the skeptics and give historical evidence. He traces the history of how all 27 books of the NT became to be considered as canon. He also talks about texts that were not considered canon and discusses why. This section has several charts including one that shows the NT book, sender, date, and background, and another that shows each book of the NT and how it connects to a Christ-commissioned eyewitness. The Bible in English The second half of the book covers how the Bible made it from manuscripts to us and particularly focuses on English, although he does discuss Latin, German, and a few others. Jones explains about the manuscript variances and how they occurred. He also talks about any significance they have and how sceptics have blown this out of proportion. He shows the types of mistakes that copyists have made. I like this section because it shows that the variances are really insignificant. He gives an example of the variants by using John 3:16 and shows how different manuscripts have it and then shows how little the impact is on the various English translations. The differences have more to do with translation philosophy than with variations within the Greek texts. This actually causes more differences in English than there are variants in the Greek. Jones takes a look at the Johannine Comma. Here he gives his interpretation of the text with theological bias. This is one of the few places that theology is discussed and it’s brief. Something I didn’t expect was that he covers the development of the English language. This is brief but relevant to the Bible translations. He covers the various translations, the circumstances surrounding the reasons they were made, and the results and impact around them. This section includes people and shorter translations that are not usually discussed. He gives a lot more detail than simply covering the prominent names. He also talks about the different translation types. This section has a few charts that include one that shows the most important Greek manuscripts and gives a description with their date of writing. Another chart shows John 3:16 and Psalm 23:12 in a few of the popular translations. It ends with a call to mission that shows there are 1800 languages are still without a Bible – 180 million people. Jones gives advice on how we can help. Appendixes There are several appendixes with charts. Charts include: • Four Perspectives on the Inspiration of Scripture • Four Views of the Nature of Scripture • Did Moses really write the Torah? (includes analysis) • The Lost Gospels • English Bible Translations Comparison Conclusion How We Got the Bible is one of the most informative and interesting books I’ve read about the Bible and where it came from. The writing style is conversational, well documented, and a joy to read. There are lots of call-outs to give extra information. The proofs he gives against the skeptics are solid. Each chapter includes detailed notes for further study. I find it a fascinating topic and this is my favorite of all the books I read. I highly recommend it. - originally posted on Bible Buying Guide Rose Publishing provided this Book free for review. I was not required to give a positive review- only an honest review. My opinions are my own.
on 4/16/2016 Valuable information
The 189 page book is filled with tidbits I was totally ignorant about. Several characters and religious groups were new to me, but it would be good for everyone to take special interest in the origin of the Bible so they can be aware of heresy and of false teaching. “Infallibility” of the Bible from a Latin word that meant “unable to deceive” means we can trust Scripture to tell us the truth. Though some may say the Old Testament is irrelevant, Jesus quoted scriptures from the Old Testament to defeat the devil and confound the Pharisees. Dr. Jones has wonderful charts throughout the book. The Old Testament had dozens of authors and spans 3,000 years of history and several continents. For new Christians it may be daunting. The text contains interesting facts and much information on the different languages of the Bible. This is a good resource book for the history of the Bible; about lost books and how to test the authority of these books; copyists and correctors who inspect their work
on 7/29/2015 Solid, basic overview for Christians
"How We Got The Bible" described how the Bible was written, copied, translated, and basically how we got the Bible that we use today. It's written from a conservative, Protestant viewpoint. Not only did the author explain how we got the Bible, but he dealt with some common claims that skeptics make. He showed that the Bible is trustworthy. This book was easy to read and to follow, and it used charts to help break down some ideas for quick reference. This book is intended for Christians who want to know more about the origins of the Bible. It's part of a larger DVD group study on the topic (though the book stands on its own). It did a good job of giving a solid, basic overview of the topics covered. Christians who wish to debate skeptics on these topics will probably need to read a more in-depth book, but I'd recommend this as a relatively quick read for Christians who simply want the basics. I received a review copy of this book from the publisher.
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