Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 9 months ago

How do you eliminate the possibility that the people copying the bible over the years did not ever make a transcription error?

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    Theological doctrines:

    1. God is satisfied with his works

    Gen 1:31

    God is dissatisfied with his works.

    Gen 6:6

    2. God dwells in chosen temples

    2 Chron 7:12,16

    God dwells not in temples

    Acts 7:48

    3. God dwells in light

    Tim 6:16

    God dwells in darkness

    1 Kings 8:12/ Ps 18:11/ Ps 97:2

    4. God is seen and heard

    Ex 33:23/ Ex 33:11/ Gen 3:9,10/ Gen 32:30/ Is 6:1/

    Ex 24:9-11

    God is invisible and cannot be heard

    John 1:18/ John 5:37/ Ex 33:20/ 1 Tim 6:16

    5. God is tired and rests

    Ex 31:17

    God is never tired and never rests

    Is 40:28

    6. God is everywhere present, sees and knows all things

    Prov 15:3/ Ps 139:7-10/ Job 34:22,21

    God is not everywhere present, neither sees nor knows all


    Gen 11:5/ Gen 18:20,21/ Gen 3:8

    7. God knows the hearts of men

    Acts 1:24/ Ps 139:2,3

    God tries men to find out what is in their heart

    Deut 13:3/ Deut 8:2/ Gen 22:12

    8. God is all powerful

    Jer 32:27/ Matt 19:26

    God is not all powerful

    Judg 1:19

    9. God is unchangeable

    James 1:17/ Mal 3:6/ Ezek 24:14/ Num 23:19

    God is changeable

    Gen 6:6/ Jonah 3:10/ 1 Sam 2:30,31/ 2 Kings 20:1,4,5,6/

    Ex 33:1,3,17,14

    10. God is just and impartial

    Ps 92:15/ Gen 18:25/ Deut 32:4/ Rom 2:11/ Ezek 18:25

    God is unjust and partial

    Gen 9:25/ Ex 20:5/ Rom 9:11-13/ Matt 13:12

    11. God is the author of evil

    Lam 3:38/ Jer 18:11/ Is 45:7/ Amos 3:6/ Ezek 20:25

    God is not the author of evil

    1 Cor 14:33/ Deut 32:4/ James 1:13

    12. God gives freely to those who ask

    James 1:5/ Luke 11:10

    God withholds his blessings and prevents men from receiving


    John 12:40/ Josh 11:20/ Is 63:17

    13. God is to be found by those who seek him

    Matt 7:8/ Prov 8:17

    God is not to be found by those who seek him

    Prov 1:28

    14. God is warlike

    Ex 15:3/ Is 51:15

    God is peaceful

    Rom 15:33/ 1 Cor 14:33

    15. God is cruel, unmerciful, destructive, and ferocious

    Jer 13:14/ Deut 7:16/ 1 Sam 15:2,3/ 1 Sam 6:19

    God is kind, merciful, and good

    James 5:11/ Lam 3:33/ 1 Chron 16:34/ Ezek 18:32/ Ps 145:9/

    1 Tim 2:4/ 1 John 4:16/ Ps 25:8

    16. God's anger is fierce and endures long

    Num 32:13/ Num 25:4/ Jer 17:4

    God's anger is slow and endures but for a minute

    Ps 103:8/ Ps 30:5

    17. God commands, approves of, and delights in burnt offerings,

    sacrifices ,and holy days

    Ex 29:36/ Lev 23:27/ Ex 29:18/ Lev 1:9

    God disapproves of and has no pleasure in burnt offerings,

    sacrifices, and holy days.

    Jer 7:22/ Jer 6:20/ Ps 50:13,4/ Is 1:13,11,12

    18. God accepts human sacrifices

    2 Sam 21:8,9,14/ Gen 22:2/ Judg 11:30-32,34,38,39

    God forbids human sacrifice

    Deut 12:30,31

    19. God tempts men

    Gen 22:1/ 2 Sam 24:1/ Jer 20:7/ Matt 6:13

    God tempts no man

    James 1:13

    20. God cannot lie

    Heb 6:18

    God lies by proxy; he sends forth lying spirits t deceive

    2 Thes 2:11/ 1 Kings 22:23/ Ezek 14:9

    21. Because of man's wickedness God destroys him

    Gen 6:5,7

    Because of man's wickedness God will not destroy him

    Gen 8:21

  • GB
    Lv 5
    9 months ago

    Bible that says 'Thou shalt commit adultery' goes on sale

    What should have been a new Good Book caused uproar when it was printed in 1631 with a massive howler, missing out the key word "not"

    A blasphemous 400-year-old bible containing a naughty typo in the Ten Commandments

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    No one has been able to yet. 

  • 9 months ago

    I don't think you said what you intended to say. We can eliminate the possibility that people who copied the Bible over the years did not ever make a mistake with Zech. 13:1-6. Verse 6 does not logically follow from the first five. The first five are speaking of false prophets. Verse 6 is all that remains of what might have been the most important messianic prophecy of all. Something's missing.

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  • Paul
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    Many of them did, depending on the qualifications of the translators. Just look at the King James Bible, which is the poorest translation still in existence, with more than 6,000 translational errors. However, there are also several good translations done by experts in the ancient languages.

  • The scribes who copied the Scriptures in ancient times were so concerned about errors creeping into the Scriptures that when they made copies they would count the letters in each line they would copy. In this way they did their best to eliminate error. People in the past have tried to make changes but by use of the older text were able to correct the changes.

  • 9 months ago

    Of course there have been copying errors over the centuries! It would be utterly impossible to eliminate any chance of that. Only the autographs were inspired of the Holy Spirit working through individuals who wrote the 66 books that make up the Bible, over a period of 1,600 years - no autographs remain. But there is overwhelming evidence that the copies of the Bible we have are astoundingly accurate when compared with the oldest available manuscripts written in the original biblical languages.

    The traditions of the Hebrew scribes was such that they would rip up manuscripts if errors were discovered, and start all over again from the beginning. They had the view that to alter even one accent mark, or to let the wrong word go in would be catastrophic, so for every page hand-written they had line counts, word counts, letter counts and accent counts (jots and titles). Thus Rabbi Yishmael said – “Be careful in your work as a scribe, for it is a sacred task. Perhaps you will delete one single letter or add one single letter and thereby destroy the entire world.” (as quoted by Dr Jeffrey Satinover in The Truth Behind the Bible Code p 47) 


    Also, from a Christian, “The rabbis wisely say that a mountain of matter hangs upon every word, yea, upon every title of Scripture.” (Charles H. Spurgeon ‘Morning & Evening’ June 9th) 

    When parts of the OT were found intact in the discovery of the Dead Sea scrolls, the accuracy of those manuscripts, written a few hundred years before Jesus was born, vouch for astounding accuracy in transcription. With the NT, written in koine Greek, we have thousands of ancient copies of the originals, either whole NT books or parts of them, and scholars have been meticulous over the centuries in working from the oldest available ones to ensure that where the vast majority agree, those texts continue to be used. Yes, you do find some differences, but hardly any are on points of doctrine - just details of spelling or very slight variations. The biggest problem came with Bibles being translated into Latin, for that could get away from accuracy. For example, Martin Luther discovered through the translating work of Catholic scholar Erasmus that the Catholic Vulgate Bible had wrongly rendered 'do penance' instead of 'be penitent' but the fault lay more with doctrinal prejudice than what the manuscripts had long stated!

    Another problem is with the pedigree of manuscripts used. There are two main ones and there are growing differences with the 'new' pedigree called The Critical Text which continues to this day to develop changes. For instance, the one by Nestle has had 28 editions! On the other hand, the Textus Receptus is much more ancient, starting in 1516 with Erasmus, then Stephens, Beza and Elzevir and is the pedigree for the King James A.V.  But modern translations go by the Critical Text. There are some differences between those two pedigree of texts.

  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    If one "eliminates the possiblity that the people copying the Bible over the years did not ever make a transcription error"

    They don't believe GOD!

    GOD SAID that He

    "gave dominion to MAN on the earth" (Genesis 1:28).


    "MEN are EVIL CONTINUALLY" (Genesis 6:5)!


    18 "For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

    19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book" (Revelation 22:18-19).





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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    Because of existing scrolls. 

  • 9 months ago

    A. you have the originals to compare them to

    B It's God's word, He would not allow it to become corrupt (except in the hands of fringe cults)

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