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Dr. Timothy Paul Jones: How We Got the Bible

As Christians, we claim that our Bibles are God’s inspired word. Yet how did we get our Bible? God didn’t just drop those 66 books down from heaven to your local publisher. Are these ancient documents filled with error, giving us wrong information about Jesus?

In today’s podcast  we are going to talk to Dr. Timothy Paul Jones, a professor at Southern Seminary about his book How We Got the Bible.

I once had a seminary professor say to our class, “There are two doctrines that are always under attack by the devil – the doctrine of the cross and the doctrine of the Scripture.”

Today is no different. A number of cultural myths are believed by many people to be true. The gospels are not reliable history. There were many gospels. The ones that were included and excluded was a political decision. The Bible is full of errors.


Those simply aren’t true. But do we know why? Do our teens?

Dr. Jones has put together a highly readable and beautiful book for teens (and all of us) on how we got the Bible.

Listen below or on iTunes here.

Resources From This Podcast

How We Got the Bible, by Dr. Timothy Paul Jones

Why Should I Trust the Bible, by Dr. Timothy Paul Jones

Papyri and the Social World of the New Testament, by Sabine R. Huebner

Three Chords & the Truth: The Apologetics Podcast

The Apologetics Newsletter

Parenting with Confidence study

Topics Covered in This Week’s Podcast

00:15 Introduction

03:07 Dr. Jones’s faith journey in college, and reason for writing How We Got the Bible

13:02 Why is it important for us to know where our Scripture came from?

17:04 How can we be sure that the gospels give us a true picture of Jesus? Was the inclusion of some books and not others in the Bible politically driven?

29:11 Why is inerrancy important? How should we handle history in the Bible that can’t be independently verified?

37:45 Dr. Jones’s advice for passing the gospel to the next generation

44:42: Dr. Jones speaks about his podcast and newsletter