QAHow do I know the Bible has not been changed over the years?
- To test the reliability of historical documents, historians examine the
textual transmissions by which the documents reach us. They look at the number
of manuscripts (copies), the consistency among manuscripts, and the time
interval between the composition of the original work and the date of the
earliest extant manuscripts. They can then determine the accuracy of the
- A vast number of biblical manuscripts have been discovered over time.
Besides the great number of manuscripts, the fact that these biblical
manuscripts agree with each other assures us that the Bible has not been
altered over time.
- It is important to keep in mind that the ancient Hebrews regarded the
Scripture as sacred text. Copyists, therefore, took extreme care in copying
and storing the manuscripts. As a result, the manuscripts we have today are
not casual copies, but faithful transmissions of the divine Word.