Breaking the DA VINCI CODE How does the DaVinci Code stack up against the Truth? ORIGINAL SERMON BY by DR. ARNOLD LASTINGER [www.lastinger.us] UPLOADED TO SLIDE SHARE BY THE VIRTUAL PREACEHR [www.virtualpreacher.org]
PLOTLINE of the Da Vinci Code (Author Dan Brown)
A Harvard professor, Robert Langdon attempts to unravel the murder of the curator of the Louvre museum in Paris.
He discovers a centuries-old conspiracy to delude the world into believing that Jesus was divine
Present-day Christianity is based on that lie.
The Catholic Church is willing to murder in order to protect this conspiracy.
Destruction of Jerusalem 70 A.D. Jews Scattered 900 A.D. Masoretes PROBLEM: The potential for corruption of the copied text over 900 years! 150 B.C. Dead Sea Scrolls AMAZING! The Masoretic Text of 900 A.D. was 95% accurate when compared to the Dead Sea Scrolls!
“ We can now be sure that copyists worked with great care and accuracy on the Old Testament, even back to 225 B.C. . . . indeed, it would be rash skepticism that would now deny that we have our Old Testament in a form very close to that used by Ezra when he taught the word of the Lord to those who had returned from the Babylonian captivity.”
There are over 1,000 copies and fragments of the New Testament in Syriac, Coptic, Armenian, Gothic, and Ethiopic and 8,000 copies of the Latin Vulgate, some dating as far back as Jerome’s original in AD 384-400.
The entire New Testament can be reconstructed from quotations in the writings of the Church Fathers (AD 95 – 400) except for 15-20 verses.
WAYS OF DATING MANUSCRIPTS Letters connected like today Cursive 9 th to 16 th centuries small letters Miniscules 3 rd to 10 th centuries ALLCAPITALLETTERSNOSPACES Uncials KINDS OF WRITING USED 2 nd & 3 rd Centuries Book made of sheets of paper, folded and sewn together Codex To third century A roll of papyrus or parchment Scroll FORM USED 1 st Cent. To Middle Ages Polished sheepskins or goatskins Parchment First century Made from reeds, highly durable Papyrus TIME OF USE WRITING MATERIALS
Quantity of Ancient Historical Manuscripts ± 40 years ± 24,000 NT Manuscripts 1,000 years 643 Homer’s Iliad 1,300 years 8 Herodotus’ History 1,300 years 8 Thucydides’ History 1,000 years 2 Tacitus’ Annals 900 years 10 Caesar’s Gallic Wars ELAPSED TIME COPIES WRITING
Quantity of NT Manuscripts Greek manuscripts c. 5,686 Latin Vulgate 10,000 Ethiopic, Slavic and Armenian 8,000 TOTAL --------------------------------c. 24,000 Plus c. 32,000 citations from pre-Nicene church Fathers
Bibliographic Test Time Gap–– Originals v. Copies