Category Archives: Rebooting the Bible

The Epic Story: Why We Know the Bible Is Authoritative and True to the Original Words of Prophets and Apostles (Part 1: The Old Testament)

Summary: The Bible we have today is the result of herculean efforts by scholars for over 500 years, built on sustained efforts to maintain the pure Word of God for almost 1500 years prior to that. Those who do the work of text criticism to discern the original words written by prophets and apostles almost always believe in the providence of God to preserve the text of the Bible for all generations. The issue is how it was preserved. This article focuses on the Old Testament and how its transmission to us is indeed an epic story, one that Read More

HOW THE SEPTUAGINT CORRECTS THE MASORETIC TEXT

Does the LXX Ever Fill in the Gaps Left by the MT?

Summary: Textual Criticism Is NOT Just a Tool for Those Who Doubt the Authority and Inerrancy of the Bible’s Autographs.  It is the means by which we have confidence that the written word we have is the Word of God.  Historical Evangelicalism does not claim that the Bible we have in our hands today is perfect.  It claims that the original writers wrote what God was pleased with and it reflected perfectly what God wanted them to say. Their autographs were inerrant. The Septuagint is one of the Read More

HAS THE THIRD JEWISH TEMPLE BEEN BUILT ALREADY? DID SIMON BAR KOKHBA ACCOMPLISH THIS IN 132 A.D.?

Summary: There were three Roman-Jewish Wars between 66 A.D. and 135 A.D. The second Temple, Herod’s Temple, was destroyed by Titus in 70 A.D. But two other wars would follow even more devastating than the first. The Jews had proven to be Rome’s worst citizens driven by an apocalyptic vision that they lived in the days of Messiah. Jesus was rejected by Jewish leaders in 33 A.D. But exactly 100 years later, the new spiritual leader of Judaism, Rabbi Akiba, endorsed Simon Bar Kokhba as King Messiah. Akiba would create a completely new Judaism. Akiba hated Jesus of Nazareth and Read More

WHAT IS THE RIGHT WAY TO DEFEND THE KING JAMES BIBLE AS THE PREFERRED, INSPIRED BIBLE?

KJV ONLY Confessional Bibliology, Not KJV ONLY Fundamentalism, Is Worthy of Repute


Summary: There is a right way to argue that the King James Bible is the Bible that Protestants should use.  Not everyone will agree with it.  I am not perfectly comfortable either.  However, the viewpoint offered by those who call themselves “confessional bibliologists” have a strong case to make and deserve a careful hearing.  They have the reasoning of Martin Luther and John Calvin to support them.  Identified here is what they assert and why it is materially different from the quackery and demagoguery of fundamentalist

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WHICH KING JAMES VERSION IS INSPIRED AND INERRANT? THERE ARE MANY TO CHOOSE FROM.

KJV ONLY Advocates Argue Only the 1611 Version Is Inspired and is INERRANT — History Assures Us The Christian Church Never Believed This As Late As the 1890s. KJV Onlyism is a Modern Heresy.


Summary:  Many of Facebook who have read my recent posts (on my website – faith-happens.com, or linked from Facebook @ facebook.com/sdouglaswoodward) on the King James Bible assume I am its enemy. This is not true. I am the enemy to stupid thinking about the King James Version. Once excellent editing principles are brought to bear as was performed by F.H.A. Scrivener in the 1873 KJV version, … Read More