The Reliability of the Bible as Compared to other Ancient Text
The Acceptance of Ancient Documents Defined:
The simplified list below illustrates the way ancient texts were classified in order to determine the key componants of what makes a document textually reliable. You first want to measure the time between the origional manuscript and date of the first written copy. Second you want to count the number of copies in existance. The more copies that are in existance, the easier it becomes to detect and correct errors as well as to ascertain the content of the origional. These are very crucial steps needed when determining if a document is authentic.
# of Copies
40 -100 AD
Old Testament 800-400 BC 250-200 BC 150 years 14000
For the record the Bible boasts over 24,000 manuscript copies of portions of the New testament