far we have studied the internal evidence of the New Testament to
see that it was written by eyewitnesses or close associates and
contemporaries of the eyewitnesses who left a record that gives
a very detailed and accurate description of the people, places,
and events of the day in which they lived. The testimony of the
authors, borne out in their lives, demonstrates that these men were
conducting themselves with the purest motives and highest level
of integrity possible. The end result is a accurate and trustworthy
historical document bearing witness to the life and teaching of
Jesus Christ and the early Christian Church.
can now be focused on the transmission of written documents down
through the ages. The important question to be asked is this, "
Is the New Testament we now have in our hands today an accurate
reproduction of the original New Testament documents as penned by
the original authors almost two thousand years ago? The study of
the transmission of the text of the New Testament is fascinating
and will bring to light the many important facts that will establish
the reliability and trustworthiness of the New Testament we posses
aspect of the study of the Bible is vast in scope and cannot be
covered here in an exhaustive fashion. The purpose of this topic
is to introduce the reader to the important facts to be considered
and to provide enough information to satisfy the legitimate questions
that are raised in an honest search for the truth. A list of books
has been provided in the bibliography for those who wish to investigate
this topic even further.
a Christian is called to exercise faith in many aspect of his life
when it comes to the New Testament documents his faith is resting
on a solid foundation of fact regarding the trustworthiness and
reliability of the written record before him.