How We Got the Bible

How We Got the Bible

by Neil R. Lightfoot

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How and when did the books of the Bible originate? In what sense are these books different from other books? How have these books been preserved and transmitted to us? Why do we have so many different translations of the Bible?
How We Got the Bible provides factual, accessible answers to questions like these. A classic guide for Bible students, it has sold more than 300,000 copies during its forty years in print. Now, in this new edition, each chapter has been revised and chapters have been added, including two on the Septuagint and the Latin Vulgate. This thorough revision will tempt fans of the previous edition and pave the way for a new generation of readers as well.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781585581436
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/01/2003
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 333,022
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Neil R. Lightfoot (Ph.D., Duke University) serves as Frank Pack Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. He is the author of several books, including Everyone's Guide to Hebrews
Neil R. Lightfoot (PhD, Duke University) serves as Frank Pack Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. He is the author of several books, including Everyone's Guide to Hebrews.

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How We Got the Bible 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lightfoot's classic has only gotten better with successive editions. I use this source to respond to questions nearly every series I teach. I cannot recommend it too highly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book with the very question that the book asks, 'How did we get the Bible?' So many people would believe more in the Bible's inspiration if they had an informed opinion to back it up- Lightfoot gives just that. With stories of the men who found ancient mansucripts that back up the Old and New Testament to explaining why a perosn should believe the Bible has not been changed through out history- he covers the basics giving a comprehensive and interesting read.
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davidpwithun on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Simply terrible. The book is so patronizing that it sometimes appears it was written for children. Whatever little (and often twisted) information it contains can be found in much better books by much better authors. I was very disappointed with this book, which had so much potential.
BriaNicklaus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lightfoot covers the history of the written word from the first century to our translations today. Chapters discuss and explain the different Greek manuscripts, ancient versions, textual variants, the development of the canon, English translations and more. He presents the material in a way easily understandable. It is good for use in a Bible class.Most Christians don't know the history of the Book and that has led to lots of confusion about translations and versions. If we are to be people of the book, we need to know everything we can about it. Knowing this information will help us have more reasons to trust our Bibles. Also, we will have more evidence for those who think the Bible has been altered and tampered with throughout the centuries. This information would be very helpful for teaching helping those who are "KJV-only."
Holmes245 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Lightfoot¿s informative book on how the text of the Bible came to us through the ages. This is a good primer for anyone wanting to know or get into a deeper study of this subject. This would certainly be a good place to start. I had a copy of his 2nd edition printed by ACU Press and had read that, but the 3rd edition is greatly improved with a lot more updated information so if you have read his earlier editions and enjoyed them, you will only get more out of this one. Certain points jumped out at me. In chapter nine, I found his discussion of textual variants interesting. It seems that any book that discusses the canon of Scripture would need to include the topic of textual variation and Lightfoot does here in this chapter. In chapter twelve, he discusses the reason as to why there are no early extant copies of the Old Testament that date any earlier than the 9th century A.D. The fact that older copies of the O.T. scriptures were burned and buried when newer copies were completed was the custom and tradition; however, the fact that these scribes were so precise and immaculate in their transmission of the text does speak to its reliability as well. He also discusses in this same chapter the Dead Sea scrolls and their significance to Old Testament scholarship and its authenticity.He also addresses the alleged problem of ¿lost gospels¿ in the canon of scripture. With all the hype and sensationalism of the Gnostic scriptures such as the ¿Gospel of Thomas¿ and the ¿Gospel of Judas¿ being touted as ¿lost books¿ of the Bible, Lightfoot here reminds us that scriptures like these cannot be lost gospels because they were never a part of the canon or collection of the 1st and 2nd century churches. No council came together to canonize anything. The canon eventually came about as churches universally recognized the inspired teachings and doctrine with which they were familiar with. Christians would do well to ignore the sensationalism of those today who promote these ¿lost gospels¿ in efforts to destroy the credibility of the Bible. In chapter eighteen, the author gives a good chapter by chapter summary, of what had been discussed previously in the book. If you want to know what the book discusses more in-depth, aside from the chapter headings in the table of contents, then read the chapter summaries in this chapter. Overall, this is a great book. It serves its purpose well.
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This is a very good, honest account of how the bible came to be the book that we have today. This book explains verry well the fact that we can rest assured that we have the complete and accurate Word of God. Anyone who already harbors unfounded doubts or misconceptions about the Word of God will not find this book to be helpful in continuing their opposition to the Word of God. Anyone looking for good answers to legitamate questions will find this book very helpful.
Curledupreading More than 1 year ago
This book goes into detail of who and how the Bible came to be in it's current form. Very interesting!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has been around since the 1960s and hasn't aged well. It's written from a fundamentalist viewpoint, albeit an informed one. Lightfoot conveniently omits any serious look at the extracanonical books like the Gospel of Peter and their implications for the formal canon. I would recommend instead Bart Erhlman's (Univ. of North Carolina) new book on the development of the Bible. Broader, up to date, more informative.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was searching for authority from Christ for the writing of the Bible and I didn't find it in this book. Christ prophesized the end of times but failed to authorize or prophesize the creation of the Bible which should be troubling for every Christian. Lightfoot on page 95 stated the Bible is divine but then degrades God by stating that the reason the Bible has been fraught with translation errors is because 'God would have to perform a mitacle everytime a scribe picked up a pen and ink'. Give me a break what it is beyond the abilities of the Creator of all we see to ensure the accuracy of the Bible? Why would God provide an error free original version which is lost to all those searching for it (them) then permit errored copies to be spread throughout the world? Could it be the reason there are errors has to do with my original question? Did Christ authorize His followers to add to the scriptures that Christ held to be Holy or is the Bible the creation of false prophets that Christ warned about?