Have you ever tried to share the gospel with a Jewish friend and found that they have trouble understanding the Godhead and believe that there is only one divine Person? Listen to this message to learn about a time during the period between the end of the Old Testament and the coming of Christ when Jewish rabbis wrote a number of Targums, or commentaries, about the word Memra throughout the Old Testament and showed that it referred to two distinct divine Persons. Hear how rabbis later reversed these teachings after the Apostle John used the Greek word LOGOS to refer to Jesus.
Are the differences found in the various manuscripts of the Old Testament significant and do they impact doctrine or theology? Listen to this lesson to learn that the differences are minor and frequently only involve spelling. Learn that the Masoretic Texts may have been manipulated by the scribes to remove any traces pertaining to Jesus, making it a less accurate source. Hear about the various texts and the precautions taken to ensure accuracy when they were being copied. Begin to transition to the role archeology has played in our having confidence in the accuracy of the Old Testament.
How can we be sure the Bible was transmitted down through the years in an accurate manner? Listen to this lesson to hear the exciting story of how God protected His Word so we have His message today. Learn about the highly skilled system of textual criticism which compares the various copies with the goal of getting as close to the original as possible. Learn about primary and secondary sources and the scribes who meticulously made copies using many ways to assure their accuracies. Marvel at the few differences that the finding of the Dead Sea Scrolls revealed between them and the ancient texts, including the Masoretic Text. Be encouraged and read the Bible with confidence in its message.