Establishing the Reliability of the Old Testament: The Ardent Testimony of the Ancients | J Warner Wallace


Yes, I know, I’m on a bit of a roll with Jim Wallace’s posts today but excellent posts are excellent posts. If you haven’t already subscribed to, please do so, you just can’t go wrong with Jim’s outstanding evidential Apologetics of the Christian faith. J. Warner Wallace is a Dateline featured cold-case homicide detective, popular national speaker and best-selling author. He continues to consult on cold-case investigations while serving as a Senior Fellow at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He is also an adjunct professor of apologetics at Biola University and a faculty member at Summit Ministries. J. Warner became a Christ-follower at the age of thirty-five after investigating the claims of the New Testament gospels using his skill set as a detective. He eventually earned a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.


In Cold Case Christianity, I discussed the careful transmission of Biblical texts by tracing the New Testament “Chain of Custody” from the apostles to the Council of Laodicea. While it’s much more difficult to trace the lineage of Old Testament authors, it’s easy to examine the testimony of New Testament authorities and Church Fathers who trusted the Old Testament as authoritative. These leaders understood the meticulous process of transmission used by ancient Jewish scribes (a process since tested by manuscript discoveries). They were confident the Old Testament was accurate and had been reliably transmitted. They also considered these texts to be God-given scripture:

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