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Searching for the Original Bible [Anglais] [Broché]

Randall Price


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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Price is Right 7 décembre 2007
Par J. C. Laney - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
"Searching for the Original Bible" is a solidly evangelical study of how the Bible came to us. The importance of the Bible for Christians mandates that we study and understand the process which brought it to us. Price does this in a carefully researched and clearly presented manner. He has the ability to take complex issues related to the original biblical texts and explain to the average reader how God's Word was written, recognized as authoritative, and preserved.

Price begins his book by responding to the current attack on the Bible's credibility and then raises the question, "Does it matter?" The rest of the book demonstrates that it does indeed matter whether or not we have a Bible that can be regarded as trustworthy. He addresses the claims and challenges of the critics, showing that we have ancient Hebrew and Greek manuscripts that provide the basis for a reliable Bible. He deals with the formation of the Hebrew Old Testament and the Greek New Testament, interacting with the subject of textual criticism in manner that can be understood by readers not familiar with the subject.

In the last section of the book Price raises and answers important questions of canonicity and whether the new Gnostic gospels belong in the Bible. He demonstrates that these gospels were written long after the other New Testament books and contain messages not consistent with early Christianity. Toward the end of the book Price presents a very helpful discussion on the subject of innerancy and the Bible.

"Searching for the Original Bible" is a book I will heartily recommend to my students and colleagues. The research is supported by extensive footnotes. A "Recommended Reading" list of books provides readers direction for further study.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Answers many questions 11 janvier 2008
Par Armchair Interviews - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Randall Price, a distinguished professor of Jewish studies at Liberty University wrote Searching for the Original Bible in response to the many accusations against the Bible after the Da Vinci Code mania.

Filled with research and history, this book addresses the issues of how the Bible came to be and the reliability of the Bible. He clearly and concisely presents truths regarding the original Bible, if and why it can be trusted, and how the original Bible relates to the current Biblical translations that many read.

Written after much research, this book is filled with history that can correct any misconception about the Bible. Price not only researched his own ideas, but spent more than a year familiarizing himself with the oppositions' accusations and beliefs about the Bible. Knowing what is being said against the Bible, he has made sure that these accusations are dispelled through his research and history.

Furthermore, the book is written in an easy-to-understand format and divided into four major parts:

Searching for the Evidence of the Original Bible
Searching for the Reliability of the Original Bible
Searching for the Truth about the Original Bible
Searching for the Restoration of the Original Bible.

Also included are tables, diagrams and pictures that present material in an organized and systematic manner.

I highly recommend this book to Christians so that they can effectively answer any accusations or misconceptions regarding the Bible. Those with questions and doubts regarding the Bible should also read this book since it will answer many of their questions.

Armchair Interviews agrees.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Informative and readable 17 novembre 2007
Par gaylelbf - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
This book answers the question of whether we can rely on the Bible as the Word of God. Randall Price strongly believes in the inerrancy and reliability of the Bible as the inspired Word of God. Although there were errors made in copying manuscripts and translations, Mr. Price convincingly gives evidence that the errors were minor and for the most part, do not change the meanings of the passages.

He refutes the ideas of Bart Ehrman well. There is much evidence that the gnostics were not alternative forms of Christianity and that the gnostic writings are not lost Scriptures or books banned from the Bible. The evidence shows that the gnostics were heretics.

He does a better job proving the reliability of the New Testament than the Old Testament. He accepts the idea that Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible because they are referred to as the Books of Moses in other parts of the Bible. He doesn't really answer evidence that shows someone other than Moses wrote those books.

Although at times he is repetitive, overall he has written a readable and informative book for a conservative traditional Christian audience.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Research 10 mars 2008
Par Patti Chadwick - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Author Randall Price does a thorough job researching the topic of the inerrancy of the Bible. A professor of Jewish Studies at Liberty University, he is qualified to produce such a book.

In Searching for the Original Bible, Price persuades the reader that they really CAN trust that the Bible is the actual inspired Word of God. He concedes that there were some errors made in copying manuscripts and translations, but he argues (quite convincingly I might add) that these errors were minor and didn't affect the integrity of the entire work.

This book is very interesting and readable and is a good book to have in your library so you can be ready to answer questions about misconceptions others might have. And it will help with questions you may have yourself.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good Survey for Laypersons 9 octobre 2010
Par Ivan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
Thesis:

Randall Price's main objective, as far as I can tell, is in answering the question if the Bible is the Word of God through the increase in confidence in the reliability of the Bible and of the documents it is based on

Organization:

The book is divided into 4 Parts and each part into several chapters: (1) Searching for Evidence of the Original Bible, (2) Searching for the Reliability of the Original Bible, (3) Searching for the Truth about the Original Bible, and (4) Searching for the Restoration of the Original Bible. What will follow will be a brief summary of the "Parts" and not of each individual chapter.

Summary Part 1:

In Part 1, Searching for Evidence of the Original Bible, Dr. Price introduces western society's general take on the Bible and its diminishing role in influencing the public at large, as well as giving the reason for his writing this book, namely, to give an answer to the skeptics and critics alike. He then proceeds to define what he means by "Original Bible", which he says "although neither the Hebrew nor the Greek original manuscripts ever existed in a form resembling our present Bible, and in some cases they were edited by others before assuming the form known today, their collective existence as original manuscripts constitutes the autographa, or the `Original Bible.'" (p. 34)

Concerning the original documents Prices states "while some of the originals have been lost, their loss might not be permanent because they may have been purposefully stored in order to preserve them for future use" and cites Isaiah 30:8 as a possible reason for the "storage" of the documents. (p. 47) Another alternative he offers, which is probably more likely, is that they simply deteriorated through usage. Yet another possibility may be that they were destroyed by enemies of the Jews during the time of the conquests. These three possibilities are certainly possibilities but they need not matter since we have plenty of witnesses and manuscripts to help us get to the "Original Bible."

Primary sources for the Hebrew Testament include (p. 56):

1. Silver amulet
2. Nash Papyrus
3. Dead Sea Scrolls (202 manuscripts)
4. Habakkuk Commentary
5. Tefillin and mezuzoth from Judean Desert
6. Severus Scroll
7. About 3000 Masoretic texts (M)

Secondary sources for the Hebrew Testament (p. 56):

1. Samaritan Pentateuch
2. Greek versions of Hebrew Bible (which include 8 different versions)
3. Aramaic Targums
4. Syriac Versions (includes 3 different versions)
5. Latin Versions (includes 2 different versions)
6. Ethiopic Version
7. Coptic Versions (includes 3 different versions)
8. Arabic Versions

Throughout the rest of Part 1 Price briefly surveys the above sources and gives interesting bits of information about them.

Summary Part 2:

Price firstly covers the reliability of the Hebrew Testament by appealing to authorship, that is, if Moses penned the Pentateuch then we have good reasons to believe the Pentateuch is reliable. Price then appeals to the internal evidence of the Hebrew Testament to demonstrate that throughout the development of the Hebrew Canon, it had always been believed Moses penned the Pentateuch and thus is not a work of scribal redaction and so forth.

He then covers the issue of whether the Masoretic text is reliable since it is late in comparison to its composition (M dates from 1000 C. E.). Price states that "based on comparison with the various versions and the transmission history of the text, there is no warrant for assuming the final form of the Masoretic Text is substantially different from earlier forms." (p. 104) It is interesting that Price says that it is not "substantially different" than "earlier forms." This at least implies that it may be "different" in its particulars, that is, of specifics.

Dr. Price, after covering the Hebrew text's reliability, goes on to discuss the Greek text's reliability. The main argument is the opposite of the one he uses for the Hebrew text since he now appeals to the early manuscript copies as evidence for the Greek text's reliability.

Part 3 Summary:

This part of the book is essentially a defense of the canon, that is, he argues against the apocryphal books as canonical. On pages 134- 135, he has a nice list of all the Pseudepigrapha and of the Apocrypha of the Old Testament so that one can just glare and see the types of books there are, which he divides into (1) historical, (2) wisdom, (3) religious, and (4) apocalyptic.

Price also addresses the issue of the "gospels" that were lost and that supposedly tell the truth about Jesus. He also discusses Gnosticism and the need to address it.

Part 4 Summary:

This part deals with the restoration of the text, that is, based on all the source material, how do we know which words belong in which verse and the like. He discusses the basic scribal errors and gives 13 of the most common errors or habits of the scribes (see pages 217-219).

As he introduces textual criticism, he gives the basic criterion for the external evidence of a manuscripts worth. First starting with the Hebrew Text:

1. Language of the witnesses
2. Date of the witnesses
3. Reliability of the manuscript
4. Provenance and purpose of the text
5. Interdependence of witnesses.

He then evaluates the worth of the Greek text's manuscript worth:

1. Date and character
2. Genealogical solidarity
3. Geographical distribution

Conclusion:

If we understand this book to be an introduction/survey of textual criticism for the layperson, then we have rightfully identified its purpose. The book most definitely serves its purpose, especially for the price. The notes at the end of the books are good, even scholarly, as could be used as a bibliography for future study. To sum up, the book is worth getting if you are just beginning to or are interested in textual criticism.
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