A Book to trust #24 Sopherim, calligraphers and a message of love and hope

From the previous writings you could see or learn that as the years went on and research developed, more findings also could deliver more and new material to present new Bible translations.

Either individuals or a group of several researchers and translators worked unanimously to curate and to determine the inclusion and order of the books from the ‘finished’ Bible as we know it. The order of the Biblical Books often has to do with the denomination or the intended reading group.

Regularly new manuscripts are found which proof certain texts to be totally according to older findings but also showing that some bible translations did not go so easy as certain people think and left out names of persons or changed the names in titles or verse versa. Certain findings show also that the translators of a Bible Version (like the King James Bible) didn’t get a finalized product the first go around.

Telling a problem to a public scrivener. Istanbul, 1878.

Though translation and writing is a process of revising, cutting, and then more rewriting and in the past everything had to be written over by hand, it is incredible how accurate those sopherim (scrivener or scribes or copyists) worked and how accurate the many preserved writings and books seem to be in unison with the ancient writings, even with those which were found many years after the transcription or translation was made.

After Jesus and his disciples had died, all over the world in the centuries after, there were people who separated themselves in monasteries to focus on transcribing and translating the manuscripts with the Words of God. They proceeded very carefully dealing with manuscripts as calligraphers mastering the art of beautiful handwriting, as corrector for removing or rectifying errors which could have been made by the copyists, because them just being fallible beings, always able to make some faults, when trying to produce neat copies from a manuscript.

When we look at all the work which was done to bring the Word of God further in the world we may think the people had really a love for God and wanted that Word multiplied. When their heart was not close to that Word they could not bring forth fruit. When the Word of God falls on the good ground of an honest and receptive heart it is able to make it strong and heard of.

Luke 8:15 KJV-1611 But that on the good ground, are they, which in an honest and good heart hauing heard the word, keepe it, and bring foorth fruite with patience.

Mark 4:20 KJV-1611 And these are they which are sowen on good ground, such as heare the word, and receiue it, & bring foorth fruit, some thirty fold, some sixtie, and some an hundred.

As people receive the Word in faith and humility, placing it above the thoughts, opinions and suggestions of the world, their heart becomes open and receptive to the things of God. As such throughout the times we can find people who honestly wanted to work for God and wanted to proclaim the Gospel, the Good News of the Kingdom of God. Those people who continued faithfully in the Word, are the ones who can bring forth fruit with patience. And patience simply means persistent and enduring faith.

When looking at those who wrote down the Words of God we can see they were not afraid to write down also bad things about themselves. those who think they were frauds should consider how they could know things many centuries before they were going to happen. Many wrote down names or titles which at the time of their life did not exist yet. Many of the words written down brought  the promises of God, which brought many having hopes for it becoming true. And every time that what was promised came true. Over the years we also can see that the Word of God has become “road tested” by man, the human beings God created and allows to live and act. The Divine Creator has given His Word to stand up in real life situations.

First and foremost we should see that the bible brings the story about God and creation, the world of man. All human beings should know that the Bible offers not the words of ordinary men and women, but brings us God’s Word designed to be applied. When people do not apply it it is of not much use. The Book of books shows us how those people who listened to that Word of God and who applied it in their life got benefits from it. It are those results and those uncovering stories which should give us assurance of the credibility of that Word.

The Bestseller of all times displays God His glory through creating and redeeming humans. When looking at those stories you should be able to see how it makes sense to follow more of the stories in that book and to take those words at heart. When analysing it or having read the whole book you shall notice how the Bible is designed to answer questions connected to a central theme of a better world to come and focussing on the central figure of the prophesies. The promised figure after the fall of man, Jesus confirms this dual focus on God and humanity. When asked what the greatest commandment is, the master teacher replied,

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matt 22:37).

But Jesus wasn’t done. He continued,

“And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt 22:39).

Like the scriveners loved God and like Jesus loved God, we too should come to love God and come to love others. This is the heart of what God wants from His people. His Word is drenched or soaked in a message of love and hope.

The people who tired and still try to nullify those words proof they have not such hopes but also are not ready to receive such hope. they may think it is all “bullocks” but they do not come to see the truth because they prefer to stay blind or to hang on human doctrines and human falsities. for them the Word of God may be unreliable and a fancy, but man should consider how that Word throughout such a long period of time always has kept the same.

All those who tried to proof that the books were not written by the people whose name the book received, could never proof those words did not come from them, like having been notated by them to a scrivener, for example the apostle Paul dictating the letters to a scribe so that they could be sent to Timothy or the Romans.

Throughout the ages also many tried to get rid of the Word of God and did everything to make others not to believe in it or tried to get them to believe all those many translations all said something different and as such gave proof it could not be the Word of God. Because when being the Word of God one would expect God being powerful enough to protect his Own Word and keeping it safe to have it always saying that what God wants it to say.  They should know that Jehovah God and His son told the world that God His Word is for ever.

Matthew 24:35 KJV-1611 Heauen and earth shall passe away, but my wordes shall not passe away.

Matthew 5:18 KJV-1611 For verily I say vnto you, Till heauen and earth passe, one iote or one title, shall in no wise passe from the law, till all be fulfilled.

Mark 13:31 KJV-1611 Heauen and earth shal passe away: but my words shall not passe away.

Luke 21:33 KJV-1611 Heauen and earth shall passe away, but my words shall not passe away.

McCulloh, J. H. On the credibility of the scriptures : a recast, with enlarged views, of a former work on the subject, together with a copious analysis of the religious system promulgated during the patriarchal, Jewish and Christian dispensations, and of human developments under them. Baltimore: J.S. Waters, 1867

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Preceding

A Book to trust #1 Background book for debate

A Book to trust #2 Book of Truth

A Book to trust #3 Creation and Creator

A Book to trust #4 Cause of Being and Truth

A Book to trust #5 Words directed to create order

A Book to trust #6 True God and true words

A Book to trust #7 Heavenly Father not withholding knowledge

A Book to trust #8 Father of the universe wanting His creatures to know Him

A Book to trust #9 Consistency

A Book to trust #10 Archaeology confirming or denying claims of the Bible #1 Old Testament

A Book to trust #11 Archaeology confirming or denying claims of the Bible #2 New Testament

A Book to trust #12 Archaeology confirming or denying claims of the Bible #3 Material evidence to survive

A Book to trust #13 Books for education and adjustment

A Book to trust #14 Writings to show The God #1 The I Am that I Am

A Book to trust #15 Writings to show The God #2 Importance of Being

A Book to trust #16 Biblical archaeology vs Historical science or study #1 Flat or round earth

A Book to trust #17 Biblical archaeology vs Historical science or study #2 Relevance of Biblical record

A Book to trust #18 Available in many languages #1

A Book to trust #19 Available in many languages #2

A Book to trust #20 Available in many languages #3

A Book to trust #21 Biblical hermeneutics and Keys to truth

A Book to trust #22 Confirmed writings and Tampered books

A Book to trust #23 Comparing Ancient Biblical Manuscripts

Next

A Book to trust #25 Perils of unbelief

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Additional reading

  1. Matthew 8:18-22 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Two Would-be Followers
  2. Priest, scribes and others with authority

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Related reading

  1. ​The ancient scribes and the invention of writing
  2. Bible Corrupted? Dead Sea Scrolls Prove Otherwise
  3. Handwritten King James Bible Proves the Bible Not Inspired
  4. Arabic numerals in Europe
  5. Making Mondays: Books #3
  6. Tested and Trustworthy
  7. The gift or the altar (Mt 23:19-23:19)
  8. Jesus asks the Pharisees a question (Mt 22:41-22:41)
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