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  Luther's Translation of the Bible
At last a conservative official revision of the Luther Bible was inaugurated by the combined German church governments in 1863, with a view and fair prospect of superseding all former editions in public use.
Jerome's Vulgate is an advance upon the Itala, both in accuracy and Latinity; the Protestant Versions of the sixteenth century are an advance upon the Vulgate, in spirit and in idiomatic reproduction; the revisions of the nineteenth century are an advance upon the versions of the sixteenth, in philological and historical accuracy and consistency.
The Prefaces are collected in the 7th volume of Bindseil's edition of the Luther Bible, and in the 63d volume of the Erlangen ed.
www.bible-researcher.com /luther02.html   (8308 words)

 Amazon.com: Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties, An: Books: G. Archer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
It argues for the unity and the integrity of the Bible and should convince the skeptic and reassure the person who may be confused by the seeming discrepancies in Scripture.
But more often his answers are based on careful study of the meaning of words, the cultural context of Bible eras, involved interrelationships among various peoples, a knowledge of the Hebrew numbering systems, and many other details not readily known by the average Bible reader.
Hidden in there among the explanations of bible difficulties I found the best EVER (and I have looked around a lot for years) dealing of [1] what happens to babies/children who die before they can sin (or understand their need for Christ) and [2] what happens to people who never hear of Christ.
www.amazon.com /Encyclopedia-Bible-Difficulties-G-Archer/dp/0310435706   (1767 words)

 Internal consistency and the Bible - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Because of these divergent views, apparent internal inconsistencies are important to ecumenical and apologetic discussions, with those believing the text to be essentially true and accurate referring to these issues as difficulties.
In the Gospels, there are apparent inconsistencies both among the three Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke), which provide similar narratives of the ministry of Jesus, but also contain significant differences; and between the Synoptic Gospels and the Gospel of John, which provides a strikingly different description of Jesus' career.
C.S. Lewis argued that the inconsistencies even improve the credibility of the narratives, as they suggest that the narratives were written independently.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Alleged_inconsistencies_in_the_Bible   (4531 words)

 The Problem of Alleged Biblical Contradictions: Supplemental
The many instances in which the Bible contradicts itself can be categorized according to their various kinds and sorts, and once one has finished categorizing these would-be contradictions he can discover this one thing: to resolve one alleged biblical inconsistency is to resolve many others.
Likewise, to recognize that some alleged biblical intercontradictions are but the results of copyists’ errors or errors of hermeneutics is to recognize that there truly are not so many biblical contradictions after all.
Furthermore, many of the people who declare that the Bible contradicts itself in these many ways assume a “guitly until proven innocent” attitude and abstain from testing the Holy Bible to see whether it really could be right, these persons also abstaining from consulting erudite biblical inerrantists for the knowledge and insight that they hold.
members.aol.com /yusefii/contradictions2.htm   (1459 words)

 Booklet > How to Understand the Bible > Third Key: Accept the Inspiration of All the Bible   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Not only is the Bible historically accurate, but its unifying principles are found from the beginning to the end of the Scriptures.
Although many Bible writers lived centuries apart and didn't necessarily realize they were writing words that would become part of Scripture, God saw to it that their writings fit with the rest of Scripture, carefully intertwined according to His will and purpose.
The Bible is full of examples of people like us whose lives illustrate their obedience or disobedience to the principles of God.
www.ucg.org /booklets/UB/thirdkey.htm   (1677 words)

 fikestar: Bible
The Bible (From Greek βιβλια—biblia, meaning "books", which in turn is derived from βυβλος—byblos meaning "papyrus", from the ancient Phoenician city of Byblos which exported papyrus) is the sacred scripture of Christianity.
Canon refers to the accepted books of the Bible differentiated from other sacred writings not accepted as inspired by God, which are not accepted as part of the Bible.
Today there are two loosely defined schools of thought with regard to the historicity of the Bible (Biblical minimalism and Biblical maximalism) with many in between, in addition to the traditional religious reading of the Bible.
fikestar.livejournal.com /11758.html   (3162 words)

 believer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Rejected by the Bible believer is the Moslem claim that God spoke again through the Prophet Mohammed and that this final revelation is recorded in the Holy Koran.
For that reason Bible believers are characterized by a super-naturalistic world view as opposed to the naturalistic world view of the freethinker.
If one really delves into the Bible, it is revealed as a massive labyrinth of contradictions, inconsistencies, inaccuracies, poor mathematics, bad science, erroneous geography, false prophecies, immorality, injustice, nonexistent history, degenerate heroes, and a multitude of other problems too numerous to mention.
home.inu.net /skeptic/believer.html   (598 words)

 more info on Bible - audible bible - bible translated into italian acts 2 5-11
For many people, their Bible is the revealed word of God or an authoritative record of the relationship between God, the world, and humankind.
Although the term "Bible" is most often used to refer to Jewish and Christian scriptures, "Bible" is sometimes used to describe scriptures of other faiths.
The word "bible" (in lower case) is also used to refer to any tome which incorporates comprehensive and/or authoritative coverage of its subject.
www.mdgeo.com /Bible.php   (3882 words)

 ARE THERE DISCREPANCIES IN THE BIBLE   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Attempts at demythologizing the Bible that have been ongoing in the academy for years seem to be moving more and more from the classroom to the pews.
As recently as 1963, two persons in three viewed the Bible as the actual word of God, to be taken literally, word for word.
Bible believers and preachers will be held in ridicule as “extremists” and “traditionalists,” and the church will become a mere social club.
www.searchtv.org /Transcripts/2004/s-37-04.htm   (2291 words)

 "Born Again Fundamentalist Christianity and The Bible - Hope or Hoax ???"
The procedure I have described may vary according to different churches and their interpretations of the bible and its requirements for salvation but these are the basic guidelines for salvation.
The real truth is that the bible is a compendium of books by different authors from different time periods.
Furthermore, by the time the latest book of the bible was written, all of the original manuscripts had long since been worn out and replaced by copies.
www.angelfire.com /pa/greywlf/why.html   (2030 words)

 Bible Contradictions and Other Bible Difficulties : Apologetics research resources
Even Christians who are thoroughly familiar with the Bible sometimes are stumped by what at first glance may look like inconsistencies.
Though it appears that many of those who copy-and-paste lists of alleged contradictions have not themselves studied the issues they present, others are sincere in their quest for answers.
However, your object is not so much to convince him or her of your point of view, but merely to show that the alleged contradiction does have an explanation you, as a Christian, can live with.
www.apologeticsindex.org /b08.html   (738 words)

 Evidentialism—the Bible and Assyrian chronology
The emphasis is on the authority of the Bible.
Unless there are good Biblical answers for the alleged 24-year vice-regency of Uzziah and the 12-year overlap of Pekah with the other kings of Israel, not to mention the many conflicts introduced by these changes, we should not surrender the older, longer chronology of the Bible.
That is, the geologist must not content himself with saying that his hypothesis, which is opposed to Bible teachings, is plausible, that it cannot be scientifically refuted, that it may adequately satisfy the requirements of all the physical phenomena to be accounted for.
www.answersingenesis.org /tj/v15/i1/chronology.asp   (5558 words)

 Apologetics Press - In Defense of...the Bible’s Inspiration [Part I]
The nature and contents of the Bible are such that the rank and file of its readers in all generations have recognized God as its author.
While the various books of the Bible reflect the writers’ personalities as expressed in the human element that often is so evident (type of language used, fears expressed, prayers offered, etc.), it was only by verbal, plenary inspiration that God could convey, objectively and accurately, His Word to mankind.
When the evidences for the Bible’s inspiration are allowed to speak for themselves, however, the story they tell is totally in accord with the Bible’s claim of inspiration.
www.apologeticspress.org /articles/2466   (5869 words)

 College and University Dialogue   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Consequently, the Bible is no longer seen as consistent and harmonious in its various teachings, but rather as a collection from different sources with internal contradictions.
There are, however, some major areas of alleged internal “inconsistencies” of the Bible that people often use to undermine the concept of biblical unity.
As I argued in another article, the Bible claims for itself that it is wholistic in nature, forming an indivisible unity (Matthew 4:4; Revelation 22:18, 19) and pointing to salvation as its objective (John 20:31; 1 Corinthians 10:11).
dialogue.adventist.org /articles/13_3_timm_e.htm   (2355 words)

 Do the books of the Bible form a unified whole? Is this evidence of its Divine inspiration? - ChristianAnswers.Net
ANSWER: Consider the fact that the Bible is comprised of 66 Books written over a period of about 1,500 years by over 40 authors from all walks of life, with different kinds of personalities, and in all sorts of situations.
Contrast the alleged contradictions in the Biblical record with the well-established contradictions in the James Bond story, i.e.
The fact that the Bible has unity despite obvious differences in content, style, and perspective is a powerful witness to the independence of each author.
www.christiananswers.net /q-aiia/biblecongruency.html   (1429 words)

 Fred's Bible Talk - Refuting Compromise
Ross is an individual in need of a serious rebuke and the Christian Church needs a well-documented rebuttal to the nonsensical theology and muddled science he passes off as scholarship in defense of progressive creationism.
Though Dr. Ross claims to be a creationist, in the sense that he believes in God’s supernatural, creative work and rejects the evolutionary idea that life forms evolve into higher life forms over millions of years, practically speaking, it is difficult to distinguish his apologetics from those of the garden variety evolutionary atheist.
I believe Hugh Ross, as sincere as he claims to be, is overlaying the simple message of the Bible with false teaching that is hazardous to the whole of God’s Word.
www.fredsbibletalk.com /refuting.html   (5195 words)

One of the explanations suggested by the Bible’s defenders for characterizing the moon as a "lesser light" on a par with the sun is as follows.
Therefore, belief in the word of the Bible in regard to the age of the humankind is not based on any evidence, while the scientific data show quite convincingly that the Biblical story cannot be true, despite all the mental acrobatics utilized to allegedly reconcile the two incompatible views.
With all of its inconsistencies and the highly uneven level of the narrative, the Bible is a monumental piece of great literature.
members.cox.net /perakm/bible-science.htm   (9416 words)

 The Bible Unearthed. Comments
Some time ago one of our readers review TBU and it is now time for a closer look at some of its claims.
FS note that Albright appealed to evidence for migration patterns as proof of Abraham's historicity, and then note that these patterns were shown to have been at the wrong time for Abraham.
TBU also lists other alleged anachronisms, such as Nineveh being mentioned in Gen. 10:11 [42]; on that see generally here.
www.tektonics.org /af/bibleunrvw2.html   (2216 words)

 wooQ: Alleged "Contradictions" in the Bible
There is an Infidels.org article called Biblical Inconsistencies by Donald Morgan that poorly attempts to identify "contradictions" in the Bible.
If you are debating with critics of Christianity, the issue of Bible interpretations will invariably surface when they fail to attack the inerrancy of the Bible.
We assert that the Bible is our only infallible rule of faith, and yet we sometimes misunderstand the Bible, or add, or take away, from the teaching of Scripture.
wooq.blogspot.com /2005/11/alleged-contradictions-in-bible.html   (630 words)

 The Bible Led Me to Islam
There are MANY Bibles on the market that are used by different Christian sects and all of these sects say that their book, though different, is the word of God.
Such Bibles are: The Revised Standard Version 1952 and 1971, New American Standard Bible, The Holy Bible; New International Version, the Living Bible, New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures used by Jehovah Witnesses, Roman Catholic Version and the King James Version.
In addition to the many different Christian sects and Bibles, I have learned that there are also different men, not Prophets, who founded these sects and are using various interpretations of the Bible and/or man-made doctrines as their creed.
www.al-sunnah.com /bible.htm   (4840 words)

 Discovery Series
The reliability of the Bible is central to our faith, and we learn of its trustworthiness in this booklet.
For many Christians, the idea of studying the Bible is intimidating.
The character of God and the authority of the Bible is at stake.
www.rbc.org /bible_study/discovery_series/topics/441.aspx   (647 words)

 Bible Difficulties   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Solutions to Contradictions in the Bible From The Bible Center.
On Bible Errors and Contradictions: A Defense of Sacred Scripture as Inerrant by Luke Wadel.
Questions about the Bible from the Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry deals with many problematic OT and NT issues.
pages.sbcglobal.net /dcrow/dave/bible_difficulties-2.html   (159 words)

 Inconsistencies in the Bible
These lists are meant to identify possible problems in the Bible, especially problems which are inherent in a literalist or fundamentalist interpretation.
Some of the selections may be resolvable on certain interpretations--after all, almost any problem can be eliminated with suitable rationalizations--but it is the reader's obligation to test this possibility and to decide whether it really makes appropriate sense to do this.
RO 14:21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor anything that might cause your brother to stumble or be offended.
www.geocities.com /closetatheist/dminconsistencies.htm   (9299 words)

 The Bible - Its Evolution, Contradictions and Inconsistencies - Home Page
The Catholic bishops of England, Wales and Scotland are warning their five million worshippers, as well as any others drawn to the study of scripture, that they should not expect total accuracy from the Bible.
The bishops say it is clear that the primary purpose of these chapters was to provide religious teaching and that they could not be described as historical writing.
Similarly, they refute the apocalyptic prophecies of Revelation, the last book of the Christian Bible, in which the writer describes the work of the risen Jesus, the death of the Beast and the wedding feast of Christ the Lamb.
www.jesusmyth.freeuk.com   (1623 words)

 Introduction to the Bible and Biblical Problems
In the author's opinion, these particular verses are so inconsistent with each other and/or with reality as to be fatal to the claim that the Bible was inspired by a perfect and omnipotent "God."
Check your knowledge of the biblical details regarding the events associated with Easter and the alleged Resurrection.
You will likely find that the details are so inconsistent from one biblical source to the next that the picture that we typically are given of the events surrounding the alleged Resurrection is necessarily a composite of carefully-selected texts which exclude other texts where the details differ.
www.infidels.org /library/modern/donald_morgan   (244 words)

 Alt.Atheism FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Of course, the newsgroup soc.religion.christian has a selection of files which claim to rebut most of the alleged inconsistencies in the Bible.
In I Kings 7:23, the Bible says: And he made a molten sea, ten cubits from the one brim to the other: it was round all about, and his height was five cubits: and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about.
In short, the Bible does not say that pi must be three, unless you are going to assume that the numbers given are accurate to more than two significant figures, which is unjustifiable given the wording.
omicron.felk.cvut.cz /FAQ/articles/a1189.html   (5088 words)

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