Current Events Articles: September 2011

Digitizing The Dead Sea Scrolls posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

The five Dead Sea Scrolls that have been digitized thus far include the Great Isaiah Scroll, the Community Rule Scroll, the Commentary on Habakkuk Scroll, the Temple Scroll, and the War Scroll, with search queries on sending users directly to the online scrolls. All five scrolls can be magnified so that users may examine texts in exacting detail. Details invisible to the naked eye are made visible through ultra-high resolution digital photography by photographer Ardon Bar-Hama– at 1,200 mega pixels each, these images are almost two hundred times higher in resolution than those produced by a standard camera. Each picture utilized UV-protected flash tubes with an exposure of 1/4000th of a second to minimize damage to the fragile manuscripts. In addition, the Great Isaiah Scroll may be searched by column, chapter, and verse, and is accompanied by an English translation tool and by an option for users to submit translations of verses in their own languages.

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Can We Trust the Text of the New Testament? posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

On Saturday October 1, best-selling author Bart D. Ehrman and Daniel B. Wallace will debate the reliability of the text of the New Testament. Did ancient scribes 'fix' the New Testament we have today? Was Jesus misquoted? How accurate are the copies of the New Testament? For more information, visit:

Bible and Spade Sneak Preview: Summer 2011 posted by Henry B. Smith Jr. MA

This latest issue of Bible and Spade is, once again, packed with material that will equip the Christian to defend the faith and challenge unbelief. Four main articles highlight this issue:

1. Contested Conflagration: Joshua and the Conquest of Hazor by Cambria Jones. Cambria outlines the basic archaeological, biblical and historical arguments with respect to the city of Hazor, destroyed by the Israelites during the conquest, showing that various theories concerning the dating and destruction require correction and the Bible's chronology and historical content is trustworthy.

2. Is the NT the Word of God? by Jared Compton, a PhD candidate in NT studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Jared answers four basic questions: Can we trust our translations? Can we trust the Canon? Can we trust the Apostles? Can we trust Jesus? The answer to all four is a resounding "YES"!

3. Turning the Cannons on NT Canon Criticisms by ABR Director of Development, Henry Smith. This article is the first in a series dealing with the issue of NT canon, a popular topic today. Foundational to our understanding of canon is OT structure and development, something almost totally ignored by modern day canon studies.

4. David: Man or Myth? by Mike Caba, outlines the major evidences found outside the Bible in the archaeological record that confirm the historicity of this momentous figure in the history of redemption.

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