BT posts #3
You seem to think that history can only be defined religiously and explained in its entirety from a crusty and too often mistranslated book written even before the Dark Ages when Christianity flourished. Contemporary technology has provided a genealogy for the evolution of man and there is nary a mention of virginal births or any of the other wonders of the bible, go figure.
You have me pegged wrong as far as your statement about history is concerned. I'm interested in both history and Biblical salvation history because they overlap. Agree or not, believe it or not, there is actual history in the Bible. There are also parables, poetry, songs, prophecy and other kinds of writings.
The early Protestant translations were full of gross errors which no unprejudiced Protestant will deny. So, I agree there are lots of mistranslated Bibles out there. There are also incomplete Bibles as we shall see later. These and the misinterpretation of the Bible create errors, problems and confusion.
Fortunately, the Church has provided a substantially accurate version....the Douay Rheims Version. It's an accurate word-for-word translation from the original Hebrew and Greek made by Saint Jerome (343-420) in the 4th century.
Who wrote the current Bible?
Current scholarship to my knowledge assumes that the material that constitutes the Old Testament was put together from various oral and folk traditions, many going far back into the Hellenistic period.
That was one of several currents, of which the collection that formed the New Testament was another.
40 writers of the 66 books, which make up the Bible is all I came up with with minimal research
Let's be clear. 66 Books make up the Protestant version of the Bible. Protestant Bibles, beside other things, are incomplete.
The Catholic Bible has 46 Books in the Old Testament. The 46 Books are those contained in the Greek Spetuagint translation of the Hebrew Bible. This was the translation made in Alexandria, Egypt that started in 250 BC. by 70 Jewish scholars residing there. This translation was made during the 3 centuries before the birth of Christ.
I know the Holy Bible has come under much criticism, but even so, that doesn't change the fact that the Bible is the Word of God, inspired by Him and therefore guaranteed by Divine inerrancy in its own authentic meaning.
Biblical archaeology was developed in the last hundred years in an effort to substantiate the authenticity of the Biblical account. It is now generally recognized in Biblical scholarship that it has done just the opposite. .
What Biblical scholarship are you referring to?
Actually archaeological finds have shed positive light on the Bible. Ancient monuments and entire cities have been unearthed and historians have obtained a more accurate picture of ancient times and many aspects of life as mentioned in the Bible.
One of them is the discovery in 2001 of Herod's magnificent palace in Jerusalem. You know Herod the ruler who asked the 3 Magi where he could find Jesus that he might adore Him? The Jewish historian Josephus writes Herod was "a man of great barbarity toward all men equally and a slave to his passions; but above the consideration of what is right. His dominant passions were ambition and jealousy" ---traits which fit in will with his slaughter of the innocents recorded by the Gospels of Saints Matthew, Mark, Luke and John if you care to read about it.
Turns out Herod and his sons were considered the greatest builders of the ancient world. Among the most notable projects were the Jerusalem Temple, theaters, hippodromes and palaces. Archaeologist, Amit Re'em is convinced he's uncovered Herod's lavish palace and massive walls.
ANd what about the great 1947 archaeological discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, a collection of nearly 1500 ancient manuscripts printed on leather and papyrus? The scrolls were written in ancient Hebrew, Aramaic and some Greek. Talk about a rare peak at what the ancient Hebrew Bible looked like. We have it.
And oh for the wonder of modern technology!!! The world's oldest text of the Bible, the Codex Sinaiticus, which dates from 350AD, contains all the texts of the BIble including the first Greek version of the Old and New Testaments is going to be/has been digitized in high resolution images.