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Do any of the original books of the Bible still exist?

Just wondering, I know the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in the 60s or 70s, but are any of the other texts from the Apostles or the OT still in existence?


Asked by hill_star03 at 7:25 PM on Jun. 6, 2011 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Yes and no. The texts with exist today, like those found in the Dead Sea, are NOT ORIGINALS. They are circulated copies from the early day's of Christianity - about 300AD. Prior to 325AD, there was no Bible. These books, and hundreds others, were all individual books being passed around Congregations and offshoots of Christianity (which we today would consider denominations). In 325AD the Council of Nicaea, headed by Constantine, gathered and chose which texts would make up the official Bible. The texts which were included have been preserved by the Vatican and the London Museum (as popzaroo stated). Besides that there are no KNOWN copies of those original texts. Remember though, that these "Original Biblical Texts" were still taken from even older texts which had been passed down and altered over more than 300 years of believers and non-believers alike.

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 12:12 PM on Jun. 7, 2011

  • I am not sure

    Answer by jujubean1979200 at 9:44 PM on Jun. 6, 2011

  • not that i know of. i think most books' scripts are from 200 BCE or after but they arent the originals.

    Answer by okmanders at 10:13 PM on Jun. 6, 2011

  • There are complete Bibles that date all the way back to 300 A.D. One is in the London museum and one is in the Vatican. There's also nearly 25,000 hand-written copies of portions of the NT. These are the only ones I know about.

    Answer by popzaroo at 11:25 PM on Jun. 6, 2011

  • The Original OT texts would have been even older, however, the versions which we use today were translated from their original language in 400AD in to the tongue of the day - Latin. THOSE are the texts which the Vatican has kept for the OT, not the originals. So any mistranslations or changes which were made then, would be included in today's Bibles. HOWEVER, since the Jewish Faith is still in existence, there are copies which were passed down from the original texts to Jewish leaders. SOME new translators, such as the Watchtower Society (JWs) use the Ancient Texts from those Jewish Establishments who kept them rather than the Latin copies which the Catholic Church kept.

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 12:17 PM on Jun. 7, 2011