Do You Know How We Got the Bible?

Ivan Mesa | September 11, 2015

Whether it’s answering the questions of young inquisitive minds, skeptical classmates, or hostile strangers, sooner or later we’re all forced to reckon with how we got the Bible, how its books were chosen, and whether we can trust it today.

We don’t become Christians or “get saved” when able to answer questions, but having answers is a good reminder that our faith in not a blind leap in the dark. In answering both the curious and the critics we heed Peter’s call to give an intelligible defense for our faith (1 Pet. 3:15).

I corresponded with Timothy Paul Jones, professor of Christian family ministry at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, about his new book (and accompanying group study DVDHow We Got the Bible. With guides for both leaders and participants, six 30-minute DVD sessions, a reference handbook, and more, the entire kit is a useful resource for parents, church leaders, and educators. 

“My interest in how we got the Bible began when I couldn’t find the Textus Receptus,” you write. Would you mind sharing that story?

I grew up in churches where the King James Version (KJV) was seen as the sole reliable rendering of the Scriptures. According to what I was told, God’s Word had been…

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