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Bible Inspiration and Preservation

Bible Study

This study is on the Bible, its Inspiration and more importantly its Preservation.  This study is so important to Christianity today because the Bible is under attack.  Each Christian who attends a Bible Study and experiences the issue when you have those in attendance read scripture and they don't have the same Bible.  In newer Bibles some verse have been omitted or reworded because they have been created from "a better manuscript", which is the explanation that is given for the omission or change.  Wayne will look at what has happened to the text of the Bible.  This study will review the history of the Bible and the major players involved in producing two lines of manuscript thereby fundamentally creating only two bibles.  The result of this study will be that you will know which version has been preserved to reflect the inspiration of the original text.

Lessons

Bible - Introduction

This lesson was taught on June 6, 2021 with Wayne starting a new study on reviewing the Bible, its Inspiration and Preservation. This study is so important to Christianity today because the Bible is under attack.  Each Christian who attends a Bible Study and experiences the issue when you have those in attendance read scripture and they don't have the same Bible.  In newer Bibles some verse have been omitted or reworded because they have been created from "a better manuscript", which is the explanation that is given for the omission or change.  In this first lesson, Wayne shares examples of how modern bibles have omitted very important verses.  We learned that God has magnified His Word above the excellence of His name from Psalm 148:13 "Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven." and Psalm 138:2 "I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name."  It seems pretty important that we study what we use as the preserved word of God in our Christian walk.  The scripture reading was from Psalms 138:1-2 KJV

Bible Inspiration and Preservation - Intro.mp4
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Bible - Introduction - Part 2

The lesson on June 13, 2021 was part 2 of the introduction in the "Bible Inspiration and Preservation" study.  Wayne continued to provide us a tentative outline of what this study will cover. This starts with asking "Is there is an issue?" which we started looking at the results of newer Bibles to see how they have removed some verses because they removed some of the Greek. This is then followed by undertaking "What saith the scripture?" Then we will look into "The manuscripts and history".  Next we will take a look at "The identity of the new testament text".  Then Wayne intends to wrap up with a "Summary".  Today he shared with us other texts that have been written that we may want to collect and use with our own studies.  These five parts cover all that will consist of the full study looking into the Bible's Inspiration and Preservation.  The scripture reading was from Psalms 12:6-7 KJV

Bible Inspiration and Preservation - Intro - Part 2.mp4
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Bible - Introduction - Part 3

The lesson on June 27, 2021 was part 3 of the "Bible Inspiration and Preservation" study.  Wayne took time to review the previous lessons before he focused on the primary content of this lesson, which was the apparent Lucian recension.  Wescott and Hort believed that from the very beginning the traditional (Byzantine) text was an official text with official backing and that this was the reason why it overcame all the rival texts and ultimately reigned supreme in the usage of the Greek church.  The regarded the "Traditional Text" as the product of a thorough-going revision between 250 A.D. and 350 A.D.  They believed that this text was a deliberate creation of certain scholarly Christians at Antiock and that the presbyter Lucian (d. 312) was probably the original leader in this work.  We then looked at an example of a wrong reading in the Greek text of the "best manuscripts" in John 5:2 KJV "2 Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.".  There was a copper scroll found from cave 3 Qumran that contains a Hebrew form of the name Bethesda.  This was dated A.D. 35, 65. Yet the uncials don't have this and they disagree among themselves.  The oldest manuscripts surviving record the incorrect reading and are therefore themselves a result of a recension.  So, the KJV reading correct using Βηθεσδά and the critical text is wrong using the Greek Βηθζαθὰ.  This was reflected in a letter by one of the church fathers where they quoted this scripture way before the critical text does.  We will look at more examples like this in our next lesson.  The scripture reading was from 1 Thessalonians 2:13 KJV

Bible Inspiration and Preservation - Intro - Part 3.mp4
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Bible - Part 4

The lesson on July 4, 2021 was part 4 of the "Bible, Inspiration and Preservation" study.  This lesson showed a specific example of how an event in history impacted the so-called neutral texts in relation to the passage in 1 John 5:1-8 KJV.  This passage is one of the strongest in the testimony of the trinity, yet most Christian scholars do not use it.  We take time to look at the external and internal evidence that puts those verses there.  This is commonly referred to as "Comma Johanneum".  The bold text is the Johannine Comma: 1 John 5:7-8 KJV "7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. 8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. In conclusion, we see that the historical attack by Emperor Diocletian from AD 284-312 who wanted to wipe out the Christian faith by destroying the manuscripts. (His wife Prisca and daughter Valeria converted to Christianity).  Secondly, when Constantine made himself high priest over the church – which was an unholy union between church and state - he at the Council of Nicea AD 325 wanted to remove the Deity of Christ to promote himself as the head of the church. Finally, Constantine commissioned Eusebius of Caesarea to make 50 copies of the NT. He was a student of Origen and Origen’s theology fueled the Arian controversy (which is the belief that Christ is a god, not God in the Flesh)  Jerome used Eusebius’ works to produce Latin Vulgate (which omits the Comma Johanneum).  The scripture reading was from 1 John 5:1-8 KJV

Bible Inspiration and Preservation - Part 4
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Bible - Part 5

The lesson on July 11, 2021 was part 5 of the "Bible Inspiration and Preservation" study.  This lesson looked at a specific example in the revised texts problem with Mark 16:9-20 KJV.  There was an article written by Danny Akin entitled "Preacher’s Toolkit: Should I Preach the Longer Ending of Mark?" where it was targeted at Pastors helping them overcome the he felt it wasn't right to teach verses 9-20 because the newer manuscripts (the Sinaiticus and Vaticanus that the new bibles are based on) do not have these passages.  In this article, he provides steps to use when preaching to their congregation.  Wayne takes us through some of those steps and refutes them with overwhelming internal and external evidence to the contrary.  In fact, one of the books he has referenced is "THE LAST TWELVE VERSES OF THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO S. MARK" by John William Burgon is the definitive defense on this passage.  The majority of the texts have this passage and only 2% don't.  We should keep them in and teach them. The scripture reading was from Mark 16:1-8 KJV

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