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304 - Bible Translation: Has It Been Changed?

Was the Bible Just a Game of Telephone or Has It been Accurately Preserved?
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Created by Kevin Conover
Last updated 3/2016
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What Will I Learn?
Understand the Difference Between Translation and Transmission
Determine Whether the Bible was Translated Accurately
Determine Whether the Bible was Transmitted Accurately
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  • Viewing other courses in the Bible Myth of Fact Series may be useful but not required
  • Taking notes is encouraged but not required

This is the fourth class in the Bible Myth or Fact Series. In this course we will be taking a deep look at how the Bible was translated and transmitted throughout time. Is the Bible the fanciest game of telephone or has it remained unchanged for thousands of years? This is an issue that many have questions about. How is it possible that the Bible could have remained the same over many years? Humanly, it seems impossible. If the Bible was written by mere humans it should have errors from the many years of copying and translating. If it does have errors then it can't be trusted as an authoritative writing. On the other hand if it was written by God through men then the Bible should have no errors despite the many translations and years of copying. In this class we will show you the physical evidence that the Bible has been translated correctly throughout the years. We will cover many issues including:

  • The accuracy of copying techniques
  • The number of manuscripts available
  • The oldest manuscripts available
  • How modern translations compare to the oldest manuscripts

These issues are critical to the accurate translation of the Bible. We invite you to examine this evidence with us. We hope that after this class you will be able to determine for yourself whether the Bible was translated accurately.

Who is the target audience?
  • Those who have doubts about how the Bible was translated
  • Those who want to learn about the Bible
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About the Instructor
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Kevin Conover is the host of Educate for Life radio, a weekly program that airs in San Diego, California, on 1210 AM KPRZ and on You Tube-Educate for Life Video. He's interviewed many experts including organic synthetic chemist, Dr. James Tour, one of the top 50 scientists in the world, ADF President, CEO, and General Counsel Michael Farris, world renowned brain surgeon, Dr. David Levy, world wide evangelist Will Graham, and expert on human sexuality, Dr.Christopher Yuan, who is also a former homosexual, among many others. He frequently speaks at events on the truth of the Bible and is the founder of Educate for Life, a Christian education ministry, which helps people know why the Bible is the only book that can credibly be called God's Word.

Kevin Conover lives in San Diego with his wife and three kids. He earned his BA from the University of California San Diego where he was also the commencement speaker. He earned a Masters Degree in Divinity from Trinity Biblical University and a Masters Degree in Apologetics from Biola University.

He taught Christian apologetics at Horizon Christian High School for four years and was voted by the students as teacher of the year four years in a row. He is currently in his sixth year of teaching apologetics at Christian High School which is associated with Shadow Mountain Church and Pastor David Jeremiah.

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