1. We Have 24,633 Biblical Manuscripts
There are 5,300 Greek manuscripts, 10,000 Latin manuscripts, and 9,000 other manuscript copies of the New Testament extant today. The combination of early dating and enormous number of New Testament copies causes historical experts such as Sir Frederic Kenyon (former director and principal librarian of the British Museum) to say, “The interval, then, between the dates of original composition and the earliest extant evidence becomes so small as to be in fact negligible, and the last foundation for any doubt that the Scriptures have come down to us substantially as they were written has now been removed. Both the authenticity and the general integrity of the books of the New Testament may be regarded as finally established.”
2. Archaeology Supports/Confirms the Biblical Record
Archaeology has repeatedly confirmed the accuracy of Biblical places, events, and people. Thousands of finds have corroborated the accounts of the Bible, and to date, no archaeological finds have ever disproved a single Biblical event, civilization, or individual. Not one.
3. The Original Writings Were Faithfully Preserved
Scribes listed the important statistics at the end of each book copied. As an example, the total number of verses in Deuteronomy is 955, the total in the entire Torah is 5,845; the total number of words is 97, 856, and the total number of letters is 400,945. By assessing the statistics, each book copied could be mathematically measured for errors.
4. The New Testament Was Written Shortly After the Events it Records
The New Testament gospels were recorded relatively soon after the events which they record. At the very latest, the four gospels were written 40-60 years after Jesus’ resurrection. Many New Testament books predate the gospels. Paul’s letters to the Galatians and Ephesians, for example, were written 15-20 years after the time of Christ, while living eyewitnesses who could have easily discredited these texts if they were not accurate. No such accounts exist.