A favorite argument against the truth of the Bible among Atheists and Muslims alike is the claim that the Bible has become corrupted over time. Those educated enough to recognize that, due to the multiple and early attestation in the manuscript tradition, this corruption could not have happened as a result of the transmission of the text, instead turn their attention to the time period between the events (i.e. Jesus’ life) and the earliest recording of them.
The claim here is that since (supposedly) so much time elapsed between the events of Jesus’ life and the first recording of them, the story had no doubt become corrupted and filled with legendary embellishment. [Read more…]