Are the New Testament Manuscripts Reliable?

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Are the New Testament manuscripts reliable, or are they full of so many errors and discrepancies that they should not be trusted for the good news of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection? In today’s Seven Minute Seminary, renowned Greek scholar Dr. Bill Mounce discusses the nature of biblical manuscripts, what errors we know do exist, and what bearing this has on the reliability of the Bible.

Interested in learning more about the reliability of the New Testament manuscripts? Here are 5 recommended books on the subject:

Can We Still Believe the Bible? by Craig Blomberg
Jesus and the Eyewitnesses by Richard Bauckhum
The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? by F. F. Bruce
Revisiting the Corruption of the New Testament by Daniel Wallace
How We Got the New Testament by Stanley E. Porter

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Dr. William D. Mounce is a scholar of New Testament Greek and president of He has written numerous books, including Greek textbooks which are used widely by college and seminary students.