amount of manuscript evidence available for the reconstruction of
the New Testament Text is overwhelming. The Greek manuscripts together
with the early versions and the witness of the church fathers provide
the modern biblical scholar with a solid foundation on which to
reconstruct the text of the New Testament. No other literary work
of ancient times comes anywhere near the New Testament in providing
reliable documentation to reproduce a modern text of the original.
additional significant factor should be considered. Some of the
best manuscript evidence for the New Testament is found in the three
key uncial manuscripts which date to approximately 350 - 400 AD.
This means that these documents were preserved unchanged for some
1600 years. It is quite possible that these manuscripts were made
from copies that were made from the originals themselves. If this
were found to be true the present text in our possession would only
be a "third generation" copy. Many today falsely assume
that the Bible has been copied over and over again in such a way
that it is not possible for it to be accurate and trustworthy. The
information presented here should assure the reader that such assumptions
are not based in fact.
conclusion then is that the result of surveying the internal and
external evidence of the New Testament enables the reader to have
complete confidence that the present text of the New Testament is
an accurate, trustworthy and reliable historical document written
by eyewitnesses or close associates and contemporaries of the eyewitnesses
of the life of Jesus.
this in mind the reader is invited to continue on to the next topic
to learn the facts about what this written record says concerning
the true identity of Jesus of Nazareth.