How Accurate Is Our Bible Text Today?



There are 24,633 manuscripts of the New Testament by which to verify the contents of the autographa (originals).

They match higher than 99.5%.

The New Testament is by far the most historically verifiable and accurate text in all of ancient literature. The runner-up, the Illiad of Homer, has 643 manuscripts.

The entire complement of “variants” in that less than .05% (not even mistakes, just alternate readings and spellings, like “Caesar Augustus” vs. “Augustus Caesar,”) take up less than 1/2 a page of a normal 8 x 10 page.

Curtis Smale



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