How the Bible Grew: The Story as Told by the Book and Its Keepers

How the Bible Grew: The Story as Told by the Book and Its Keepers

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How the Bible Grew: The Story as Told by the Book and Its Keepers

How the Bible Grew: The Story as Told by the Book and Its Keepers

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We have inherited the Bible from a distant past, and many of us have had little opportunity to learn how the inheritance came. We grew up with the Bible frequently in hand and felt its benefit before we knew it to be an inheritance. Because it has helped us we have come to love it.

As the Bible has been an aid, and frequently a comfort, we have learned to revere it. The larger the amount of aid received, the larger has become the reverence. This reverence has often been increased, unconsciously perhaps, by the fact that we knew so little concerning the history of the book. One of the natural elements of reverence is mystery, and we have found, from our very first questions about the Bible, that it is a book of great mystery, mysterious in its contents, mysterious as to the way in which it came to our parents and to us.

Along with our use of the Bible we have received the training of the schools, and some of us have been to college, or to a university. As a part of this training there has come a study of astronomy, geology, and other sciences. Somewhere in these scientific studies it has dawned upon us, perhaps even startled us, that our science and our Bible seem not to agree. We recalled that the Bible tells of a day when the sun stood still; the astronomy we were studying had no place for such an event. The Bible appears to make our world only some 6,000 years old; geology indicates that the real . . .

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