How We Got the Bible, 3rd Edition, Revised and Expanded

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How old are the earliest biblical manuscripts?

How has the Bible been preserved and transmitted to us?

Why do we have so many different translations of the Bible?

How did early Christians decide which writings to include in the Bible?

A classic for more than forty years, How We Got the Bible provides well-researched, accessible answers to many questions like these. Learn about the first materials used to write down the words of Scripture. Uncover the facts of some of history's most fascinating archaeological discoveries. Travel through history, from Jerome to Tyndale and beyond, as Neil R. Lightfoot discusses the origin, transmission, and translation of the Bible.


Illustrations and review questions at the end of each chapter make this book ideal for either individual or group study. Concise and engaging, How We Got the Bible is a trusted resource for anyone who wants to know the story behind the most widely read book of all time.

The Author

  1. Neil R. Lightfoot

    Neil R. Lightfoot

    Neil R. Lightfoot (1929-2012) served as Frank Pack distinguished professor of New Testament at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. He was the author of several books, including How We Got the Bible and Everyone's Guide to Hebrews.

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