We should trust the Bible, says Timothy Paul Jones, because it is ‘grounded in the words of a man who died and rose again’ (p.111). Jones’s basic presupposition is this: ‘If we live in a world where it is possible…
- Publisher: Day One Publications
- ISBN: 978-1-84625-587-8
- Pages: 144
- Price: 7.00
At first glance, the title of this book may seem ambitious, given that there is so much to say about the Bible. On reading it, however, one soon realises that the author has gone a long way to reaching the goal.
This book, fourth in a series of six, covers: the story of the English Bible; how we got the Old and New Testaments; discovering the best texts and translations. Although this book can be read on its own, most value would be gained from reading the whole series in order.
The author has included many interesting facts in the book. For example, England was exceptional across Europe in its violent and cruel opposition to having a vernacular Bible. Also, by the time of Cromwell and the Puritans, the population of Britain was only about 6 million, yet about a million copies of the Bible had been printed and distributed.
The subject matter of the book has been meticulously researched and well written with the ordinary reader in mind. Information not easily available is presented in an accessible way. This includes sections on the original biblical manuscripts, Bible languages, the contribution of the Masoretes, the accuracy of the copyists and so on.
Together, the six books form a robust defence of the Bible and will do much to raise confidence in the Scriptures among ordinary Christians.