Bibliology: Is the Bible credible?
Professor Ted Marvin
Theology 3305 – Lectures in Systematic theology
I. Definition of Bibliology
II. Importance of the Bible
III. Reasons to trust the Bible
A. The “A Priori Argument”
B. The revelation of Jesus Christ
C. Fulfilled prophecy of Scripture
D. The suffering of the apostles
E. The power of the message of the Bible
F. The inexhaustible infinity of revelation
G. Unity of the Bible
H. Transcultural Appeal
I. The honesty of the Scriptures
J. The superiority and influence of the Bible
K. The test of personal experience and the inward witness of the Spirit
L. The indestructibility of the Bible
M. History and archaeology gives credibility to the Bible
N. The completeness and timelessness of the Bible
O. The claims of the Scriptures themselves
Bibliology is simply “the study of the Bible.” For Christians, the Bible is the most sacred of books and on it hinges the entire religion of Christianity. Were the Bible to ever collapse, Christianity would have no foundation on which to rest and it too would follow suit shortly thereafter. For the skeptic, the Bible is a book in which good ideas, morality, fables, myths, and oftentimes blatant lies are contained. It is the express purpose of this paper to examine the evidences which give rise to the credibility of the Biblical text.
There are a great many different aspects of bibliology which could be discussed. Inerrancy, inspiration, sufficiency, preservation, apocryphal books, canonization, infallibility, and interpretation are but a few of those areas. In many of these different aspects of bibliology, it is as though one crosses into the domain of the other and adds support and stability to the entire study and credibility of the Scriptures. For the purposes of this paper, I will address only the credibility of the Bible and, while...