The Reliability of the New Testament.

Can we trust the Bible?

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“The evidence for our New Testament writings is ever so much greater than the evidence for many writings of classical authors, the authenticity of which no-one dreams of questioning. And if the New Testament were a collection of secular writings, their authenticity would generally be regarded as beyond all doubt. It is a curious fact that historians have often been much readier to trust the New Testament than have many theologians.” F.F. Bruce, The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? 1949, p. 15.

Author/TextExisting CopiesYears between original and earliest surviving copies
Plato71200
Pliny7750
Herodotus81300
Thucydides81300
Demosthenes8800
Suetonius8800
Euripides91300
Aristophanes101200
Caesar101000
Tacitus201000
Aristotle491400
Sophocles1931400
Homer/Iliad643500
New Testament24,00040-70

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