Treasures come in unexpected places. Learn more about George's and Martha's relationship from a surprise find.
After George Washington's death, his wife, Martha, burned almost all of their correspondence with each other. According to a Martha Washington website:
Within months of meeting,
Our focus for this study hinges on answering these two big questions. The goal is to get closer to the answers each week in our class.
Is the Bible accurate and dependable?
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Should faith alone be enough to drive you to drive you to your knees? Is "blind" faith a stronger kind of faith? If so, then why did God provide so much evidence?
Chapter 12 of our text, How We Got the Bible, focuses our attention on the Old Testament. The author, Neil Lightfoot, provides a sampling of manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible, including the following:
The Massoretes were not concerned with only such things as proper pronunciation. They also sought ways and methods by which to eliminate scribal slips of addition or omission. This they achieved through intricate procedures of counting. They numbered the verses, words, and letters of each book. They counted the number times each letter was used in each book. They noted verses that contained all the letters of the alphabet or a certain number of them. They calculated the middle letter, the middle word, and the middle verse of the Pentateuch; the middle verse of Psalms, the middle verse of the entire Hebrew Bible, and so forth. In fact, they counted almost everything that could be counted. With these safeguards, and others, when a scribe finished making a copy of a book, he could then check the accuracy of his work before using it.
...[T]he copyist must sit in full Jewish dress, wash his whole body, not begin to write the name of God with a pen newly dipped in ink, and should a king address him while writing that name he must take no notice of him...The rolls in which these regulations are not observed are condemned to be buried in the ground or burned...
Dead Sea Scrolls
We still store important objects in salt mines in the United States. Some of us have visited the Strataca salt mine in Hutchinson, Kansas. There, we've observed many items preserved simply by residing in the salt air of the mine. Here are some links to the last time I was there:
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We contend that the Bible and everything it contains is supported by:
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