The Bible: New leads to Old

Textual analysis and the orange man…

Nicky Gumbel

Nicky Gumbel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you have ever been on an alpha course (and one of my friends got to the stage where his introduction would include the phrase “and I’m an alpha-holic”, due to the number he had been on), one of the things that will strike you, apart from how orange Nicky Gumbel appears on TV (see photo: the orange-ness is not real), is that there is an absolutely overwhelming amount of evidence for the textual accuracy of the New Testament: it is massively favourable in comparison to many other ancient documents, and to continue the argument on authenticity, the only reason this does not lead people to belief is the fact that people do not want to believe.  In some way, they are blinded by the “god of this age” (2 Corinthians 4:4).  But the Old Testament is a far harder case: mere textual analysis will only go so far.  In fact, due to the age of some of the stories (these things happened a long, long time ago, but not in a galaxy far, far away), there is no great case for their accuracy from textual analysis.  So where does that leave us?

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