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Description of the Holy Bible – Part 7


Emeritus Prof. Mercy Olumide

6 (six) Proofs Bible is Genuine and Authentic
Claims of the Bible Itself:

• The prophets of the O.T. claimed they were sent by God and that their messages were given
to them by God (Lk. 1:70; Acts 3:31; 2 Pet. 1:21). Over 2,500 times, the prophets claimed that God spoke by them (Isa. 8:5; Jer. 2:2; Ez. 2:4; etc.).

• The whole Bible centres on the person and work of Jesus Christ. In the O.T., we have hundreds of predictions, and in the N.T. we have the fulfilment and continuation of His life and ministry. He Himself claimed to have been sent by God (Jn. 8:42; 7:16; 17:8). He performed miracles to confirm His mission (Acts 10:38); what He foretold came to pass and will yet come to pass. He put His seal upon the genuineness and authenticity of the O.T. (Mt. 5:17-18; 8:17; 12:40 42; Lk. 24:44; Jn. 5:39).


• The Bible also represents the commission of the apostles as divine. God confirmed their ministry by signs and wonders (Mk. 16: 15-20; Acts 2:41-46; 5:1-15; Heb. 2:1-4). In all their writings, they confirmed the teachings of Christ, and their declaration thereof was by supernatural powers.

• The testimony of the NT to the genuineness and authenticity of the OT is plain to see. The
OT is quoted about 250 times in the NT, and alluded to about 850 times. All OT books are
either quoted or alluded to, except Esther, Ezra, Nehemiah, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon.

• Testimony of Secular History: The events of Bible history were well-known among all nations. Happenings of the NT, having come to the knowledge of the then known world, were referred to by various secular authors of the first 4 centuries of the Christian era. Jerome, in AD
392, mentioned about 50 other authors as making quotations about and referring to NT events.

They belonged to all parts of the world, but they agreed on one thing—that the Jewish scriptures were genuine and authentic, referring to them as a distinct volume universally received as such.
No event in ancient history can produce more than a fraction of the evidence by which the Bible
in its entirety is sustained as genuine and authentic.

• Ancient Manuscripts: No original manuscript can be produced due to the perishable material written on, such as paper and vellum (skins of animals). However, because of the dry climate of Egypt and Palestine, many thousands of copies—whole books or parts thereof—have been preserved for us. It is not necessary to produce original manuscripts to prove the genuineness and authenticity of the Bible any more than it would be necessary to produce the original Declaration of independence to prove the many copies we have contain the statements of the original. Scholars are willing to admit the genuineness and authenticity of other writings, if there are as many as 10 copies of the originals to be found. On this basis, the Bible can be proved genuine and authentic thousands of times.

6 (Six) Names of the Holy Scripture (Psalm 19)
The law of the Lord (v. 7); The testimony of the Lord (v.7); The statutes of the Lord (v. 8); The commandment of the Lord (v. 8); The fear of the Lord (v. 9); The judgment of the lord (v 9)
Read Ps 119:1-9

The law. The law (Heb torah) represents God’s entire instruction to His people. It can also refer to the Pentateuch (the first five OT books) or to the OT as a whole.
Testimonies. God’s testimonies (Heb ‘edot) represent the covenant stipulations or requirements that are declared as His will.

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