Apologetics Is the Old Testament Reliable?
Is the Old Testament that we have today accurate to the original or has it been changed throughout the years? • The scribes were very precise. They carefully counted every line, word, syllable and letter to makes sure that they had copied things accurately.
Manuscript Evidence for the Old Testament: The Dead Sea Scrolls • Discovered at Qumran in 1947. • In these scrolls, there are OT manuscripts that date from c.150 BC which is about 1,000 years earlier than the oldest OT manuscripts previously in our possession (which were from about AD 900). • When the 2 sets of manuscripts are compared, they are essentially the same, with very few differences. • The fact that manuscripts seperated by 1,000 years are essentially the same indicates the incredible accuracy of the OT’s manuscript transmission. • A complete copy of Isaiah was found at Qumran. • The two copies of Isaiah discovered were about 1000 years older than the oldest manuscript previously known (which was from AD 980) and they are more than 95% identical to our standard Hebrew Bible. The 5% variation consists chiefly of obvious slips of the pen and variations in spelling. These differences have no effect on the content of the book.
Information from: Rhodes, Ron. “Manuscript Support for the Bible's Reliability.” Reasoning from the Scriptures Ministries Online. Date of Research: 22 November 2007. http://www.ronrhodes.org/Manuscript.html