The Berean Expositor
Volume 21 - Page 181 of 202
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No record is given of much that the Lord said to Moses and the prophets. Hardly
anything is recorded of the forty days' ministry of the Lord after the resurrection
(Luke 24: and Acts 1:). The ministry of Paul covers about thirty years; that of Isaiah
sixty, and that of Daniel about ninety. It would be a poor estimate of the ability of these
writers to regard their total literary output as limited to what is found in the Bible.
I Kings 4: 32 tells us that Solomon spake three thousand proverbs. The most liberal
computation will not include more than nine hundred proverbs in the whole book of that
name, and of this number Solomon is the author of about six hundred. The remaining
proverbs spoken by Solomon may have been very wise sayings, but were of no
permanent value and were never given by inspiration of God to be included in the Canon
of Scripture. Solomon also wrote one thousand and five songs, but of these only two
have been placed in the Canon--The Song of Songs, which is Solomon's, and
Psa. 127: preserved most probably by Hezekiah.
As further evidence concerning the integrity of the Canon of Scripture, consider that
from the days of Moses until the present day, a period of over three thousand years, in
spite of the most appalling judgments and dispersions of Israel, nothing has prevented the
steady growth of the sacred oracles among them, and nothing has ever induced them to
add to, take away from, or to transpose anything in them.  When "the seal of the
prophets", Malachi, had uttered his message, about four hundred years before Christ, the
completed Scriptures were then what they have ever since been, one unbroken and
perfect whole, the thirty-nine books of the English version. Whether in Alexandria, in
Greece, in Babylon, or in Rome, all Israel gives one testimony. We are confident that He
Who watched over Israel, watches over His Word, and that not a jot or tittle of inspired
truth has ever been, or ever can be lost.
The transmission of the text.
pp. 116 - 119
We have briefly considered the claims of the Scriptures to inspiration, and have also
indicated the grounds we have for accepting, as truly canonical, all and only those books
which are now contained in the collection known as the Bible. Here we might leave the
matter, but such a treasure as the very Word of God is an abiding source of delight, and
teems with points of interest that cannot but be attractive to every believer. Consequently
we hope to pursue some profitable by-paths in Bible knowledge; and in this article we
take up the question of the way in which the text of the original has been preserved, and
of the means we have of arriving at a conclusion upon the matter.
When the student of Scripture takes up his Bible, he will not read far before he comes
across a marginal note to the effect that, "Some ancient authorities read ---" It is natural