The bible was assembled in the 4th century CE, do you think it has changed since?


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Maurice Korvo Profile
Maurice Korvo answered

It is continually changing. Being re-written, re-translated, or re-interpreted. And it will continue to change until people stop printing it. How many times was it changed in the dark ages, when it was copied by hand?

Didge Doo Profile
Didge Doo answered

Inevitably. Improved scholarship means more accurate translations.

Of course, there are other reasons for variations and true believers may not be above giving it a "helpful" tweak here and there to support their own particular dogma.

Cookie Hill Profile
Cookie Hill answered

The bible was written over 1600 years ago first in Hebrew then in Greek. The first person that God used was Moses in 1513 B.C.E. The last writer was the apostle John in 96 C.E.. Since then the Bible has been translated into 2,300 languages. The first English translation was authorized by King James of England,which was the language that they spoke then. Today we have the Bible in modern English and some of the expression used have been up-dated such as at Genesis 25: 29 ," On one occasion Jacob was boiling some stew when E'sau return from the field exhausted." New World Translation. King James Version says, at Gensis 25:29 " And Jacob sod pottage :and E'sau came from the field, and  he was faint."  And with all that we can still us the Bible to help us learn how to worship God in the way that he approves. John 4:23,24

thanked the writer.
Charles Davis
Charles Davis commented
On a mathematical point you're saying the portion of bible was written 3,600, years ago not 1,600.

Hebrew was not a written language 3,600 years ago. It did not become a written language until about the 9th century BCE. So if Moses wrote it he would have written it in Egyptian and there is no evidence that Egyptian had any influence on Hebrew writing. In fact there is a strong influence of Akkadian on it's writing. The first portion of the bible to show up on the scene is chapters 12-26 of Deuteronomy, introduced by King Josiah in the 8th century BCE. There are older stories and perhaps writings, but mostly oral traditions, but were not part of the bible until later redactions added them.

The earliest portions in Greek were not written until about 70 CE, ending with the last portions in the early 2nd century BCE with Jude, and Revelation. Additional parts were edited in and out, over the next few centuries until the council of Trent in the 16th century, and Martin Luther's canon in about the same time.

Compare the Codex Sinaiticus (4th century) to any modern bible.

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