Dr. Archer a renown linguistic
mastering more than 30 languages and a specialist in biblical criticism, gave a
modest description of his qualifications:
"As an undergraduate at Harvard, I was fascinated by apologetics and biblical evidences; so I labored to obtain a knowledge of the languages and cultures that have any bearing on biblical scholarship. As a classics major in college, I received training in Latin and Greek, also in French and German. At seminary I majored in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Arabic; and in post-graduate years I became involved in Syriac and Akkadian, to the extent of teaching elective courses in each of these subjects. Earlier, during my final two years of high school, I had acquired a special interest in Middle Kingdom Egyptian studies, which was furthered as I later taught courses in this field. At the Oriental Institute in Chicago, I did specialized study in Eighteenth Dynasty historical records and also studied Coptic and Sumerian. Combined with this work in ancient languages was a full course of training at law school, after which I was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1939. This gave me a thorough grounding in the field of legal evidences."
We can conclude with Dr. Archer's words:
"As I have dealt with one apparent discrepancy after another and have studied the alleged contradictions between the biblical record and the evidence of linguistics, archaeology, or science, my confidence in the trustworthiness of Scripture has been repeatedly verified and strengthened by the discovery that almost every problem in Scripture that has ever been discovered by man, from ancient times until now, has been dealt with in a completely satisfactory manner by the biblical text itself-or else by objective archaeological information. The deductions that may be validly drawn from ancient Egyptian, Sumerian, or Akkadian documents all harmonize with the biblical record; and no properly trained evangelical scholar has anything to fear from the hostile arguments and challenges of humanistic rationalists or detractors of any and every persuasion…
There is a good and sufficient answer in Scripture itself to refute every charge that has ever been leveled against it. But this is only to be expected from the kind of book the Bible asserts itself to be, the inscripturation of the infallible, inerrant Word of the Living God."
Archer, Gleason L. Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1982, p. 12.
Question: What is your verdict about the New Testament?
May I encourage you to read these fantastic books found in the New Testament.
Who inspired these books?
2 Tim 3:16 "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." NKJV
Who can make its words come alive to you?
John 16:13 "But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth." NIV
Why don't you ask His guidance now and open the pages revealing God's outstanding offer to you.
"Father, I come to you with a humble heart, asking for your guidance. I am so confused about what is the truth. As you inspired the authors of the New Testament, I ask you to inspire me and fill me with your Holy Spirit. Open the meaning of your Holy Book to me and help me getting to know you better. Thank you Father.
In Jesus' name. Amen"
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