Book Review -- By: Anonymous
CTSJ 14:1 (Spring 2009) p. 75
Searching for the Original Bible. By Randall Price. Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers. 2007. 293 pp. $12.99. Reviewed by Aaron Giesler.
Searching for the Original Bible was written to “help [the lay-Christian] better understand how the text of sacred Scripture has been transmitted from the ancient world to ours and answer the claims of modern critics against its integrity” (Price, 16). The book examines the evidence, reliability, truth concerning, and restoration of the “original” Bible. Price views Scripture from all angles. He investigates archeological evidence concerning the text, its origins, and it how it has, or has not, changed over time. The author deals with how the Bible was put together, in ancient forms as well as the form(s) that exist today. Price also explores books that are not in the current canon, and why we can rely on the Bible we carry to church each Sunday. Each item receives thorough examination, including opposing views.
The credibility and reliability of the Bible has been a hot topic among the general populous since the release of Dan Brown’s book and movie The Da Vinci Code. Therefore, to counter the ideas of The Da Vinci Code and other, more academic, critical views of the Bible, an onslaught of rebuttal literature has been written. Many of these books defend the Bible from specific attacks found in Brown’s books and others. Price addresses issues brought up in these books but also examines other areas called into question by academics, such as the Jesus Seminar and religious scholar Bart Ehrman.
Price is qualified to write this book for several reasons. Randall Price has a Th.M. in Old Testament and Semitic Languages from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern Studies with a concentration in Hebrew and Archaeology from University of Texas at Austin. Price is also founder and president of World of the Bible Ministries and a professor of Judaic Studies at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. His educational and professional background means he is well versed in the arguments of textual critics as well as ancient Near Eastern history and culture. He is also an experienced archaeologist, having excavated in many of the areas he discusses in the book. As this journal goes to press, he is with a team of scholars and archaeologists in Turkey, seeking to climb Mt. Ararat in search of Noah’s Ark. The combination of his experience and education make for a highly informative book on the subject.
This book is important because many people are thinking differently about their faith and the sacred document on which they base their faith. People need to know whether what they are reading is true. Price attempts to answer that question, which...
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