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Bibliographic Evidence Tests
Page 3: Comparison to Other Literary Works

The table below shows how other historical literary works compare to the Bible. First note the number of extant copies (copies made from the original) still in existence. Also note how narrow the time span is between the original and the earliest copies. Of the two major steps involved in textual criticism, no other literary work in history can compare to the Bible. If there is any book in all of history that can be considered to be textually accurate, it should be the Bible. 1

WORK/AUTHOR DATE WRITTEN EARLIEST COPY YEARS ELAPSED NO. (#) COPIES
Caesar 100 - 44 BC 900 AD 1,000 10
Plato 427 - 347 BC 900 AD 1,200 7
Sophocles 496 - 406 BC 1000 AD 1,400 193
Aristotle 384 - 322 BC 1100 AD 1,400 49
Iliad (Homer) 900 BC 400 BC 500 643
Tacitus 100 AD 1100 AD 1,000 20
Thucydides 460 - 400 BC 900 AD 1,300 8
Herodotus 480 - 425 BC 900 AD 1,300 8
Euripedes 480 - 406 BC 1100 AD 1,500 9
Aristophanes 450 - 385 BC 900 AD 1,200 10
New Testament 40 - 90 AD 50 AD <20 23,000



FOOTNOTES / WORKS CITED
Information condensed from Josh McDowell, Evidence That Demands A Verdict (Here's Life Publishers, Inc., San Bernardino, CA, 1992), 42-43.


 Article info: 
By: Bill Smith
This article is adapted from Bill's book Firmly Rooted. Click here to learn how to get a copy.
  
 This Series: 
1 Quantity and Accuracy of Manuscripts
2 Period of Time Elapsed
3 Comparison to Other Literary Works



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