I need your help! Here’s the challenge: I’m working on a video that summarizes the history of the Bible in six minutes. Below, I’ve posted the script so far—and I’d be interested to know what you think needs to be included and what might be left out. The narration for the video is already six minutes long, so nothing can be added without taking something out. What that means is that, if you suggest any additions, you’ll need to point out some possible deletions as well!Continue reading.
This week, 480 years ago, William Tyndale was strangled to death and then burned. One of his offenses was the translation of the Bible into English from Hebrew and Greek—a capital crime at that time.
Not even death, however, could stop the impact of Tyndale’s translations. The words that Tyndale left behind would reshape not only the work of English-speaking theologians and pastors but also the English language itself. This story of how we got the Bible and how these words have shaped the world is a story that every believer in Jesus Christ should know—including our children.
This week, 480 years ago, William Tyndale was executed and burned at the stake. Tyndale, perhaps more than any other individual, helped to make the Bible accessible to English-speaking people. And so, I’m giving away three timelines this week to help you to understand how we got the Bible! You’ll need a Twitter account and an Amazon account to enter for a chance to win. Continue reading.
You’ll need to have a Twitter account and an Amazon account to enter the contest for a chance to win.Continue reading.
Recently, I had a conversation with Jonathan Petersen at Bible Gateway about the origin and meaning of the word “canon.” Here’s an excerpt from our discussion:
Jonathan: What is the definition of “canon”?
TPJ: The meaning of the word canon as we know it today can be traced back to how the Greeks used a certain reed, known as a kanon. The Greeks cut these reeds into specific lengths and used them as measuring sticks.Continue reading.
A few weeks from now, Rose Publishing will release a new book and video series entitled How We Got the Bible. The topic of the book and video series is—you guessed it!—how we got the Bible. (Click here for a quick peek at the video production process.)
Here are a few of the topics I cover in this book and video series:
- What we mean when we say the Bible is “inspired”
- Why the inerrancy of Scripture matters
- How the Old Testament was written
- Why Roman Catholic and Orthodox Bibles include some books that Protestant Bibles don’t
- How Christians preserved historical testimony about Jesus before the New Testament texts were written
- How the books of the New Testament were selected
- Why we can be confident that the Scriptures were copied accurately
- How the Bible was translated and preserved in English
Both the book and the video series are packed with full-color pictures and easy-to-understand explanations of how the Bible made it from the mind of God to the words you read today. The text is written at a high-school level so that almost any member of your church can comprehend it.