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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago

where are the original bible texts, are they still around, can we see them and read them ourselves?

or does whoever have them keep them out of publics eye because we might learn the real truth, give me an address or contact number

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  • 1 decade ago
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    It would be a major miracle if any original Parchments remain Today. They were shared with all the existing Churches of the First Century A.D.. No doubt they would be in poor repair very quickly.

    The Dead Sea Scrolls would be the oldest known copies. So far they have been very valuable in proving the accuracy of The Biblical Text.

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  • None of the original documents exist. You have to understand that given the types of writing materials 2,000 years ago, few documents survived, especially those which were popular and so were read and re-read so many times.

    We do have a plethora of copies of the originals as well as copies of translations of the originals. In fact, when compared with other works of antiquity (e.g., Homer, Plato, Aristotle, etc.) there are literally thousands more copies.

    As for where they are - there are many museums and large libraries (i.e., not your local public library - but things like The British Library) which have some of these on display.

    Source(s): How We Got the Bible by Dr. Neil R. Lighfoot (http://www.amazon.com/How-Got-Bible-Neil-Lightfoot...
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  • 1 decade ago

    Some of the rejects are part of the dead sea scrolls. The church took a number of possible texts that were around over the years and the bible was accumulated through the motive of the churches. Read Barbara theirings books on the dead seas scrolls and go from there.

    Also most books in the bible were not even written until decades and in some case centuries after jesus was no longer around.

    King James had his own version written in fact there are numerous and differing versions. It is all impossible to nail down and it is all different so those who place their faith in one version are blind in alegence in order to accept something that any resonable person would only see as possible.

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  • 1 decade ago

    No original text of The Christian Bible exists today. What we have are copies of translations of copies of copies of copies. And there are many many disagreements over the various "translations". If you would like to read some of what I think about it all, you may at:

    http://pages.zdnet.com/mikevanauken/outreach/id4.h...

    this is a direct link and there is a link there to another page about other bibles as well.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Original manuscripts are called "autographs." None are known to exist. Copies are plentiful and held in museums, libraries, and collections around the world. The earliest manuscript (P52) has generally been dated to ca. A.D. 125.

    No, the Vatican does not have all the biblical source material.

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  • lukman
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    1 decade ago

    Jesus PBUH brought the Bible for a limited group of people at certain time and was not meant to be for all people of all times and this is a fact that Jesus himself told in the Bible, and for this reason God didn't preserve the Bible for the coming generations and hence alterations and corruption affected the original Bible and this is a fact that none can deny except if he is ignorant of the history of the Bible. In contrast Islam was meant to be from the first day the final and universal religion for all people till the last day and for this reason God promised to guard and to protect it and his promise is surely fulfilled.

    http://www.islamreligion.com

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  • eri
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Try the Vatican for some older texts, but I doubt there are any 'originals' left. Besides, you know they aren't in English, right?

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  • 1 decade ago

    The original bible texts are with the Catholic church in Rome and only the pope can read them. Almost makes me think they are hiding something from us.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The dead sea scrolls are the oldest texts

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You will need to know how to read Hebrew and Greek.

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