The preservation of God’s Word
Writing materials of the Bible
The Old Testament
Clay – Jeremiah 17:13
Stone – Exodus 24:12
The New Testament
2 John 12
Parchment (lamb skin)
Leather (cow hide) – 2Timothy 4:13
Metal – Exodus 28:36, Job 19:24, Matthew 22:19-20
The original language of the Bible
The Old Testament was written in Hebrew with the following exception
Aramaic – Ezra 4:8-6:18, 7:12-26
The entire New Testament was written in Greek
Why did God choose Hebrew?
It is a pictorial language. 1Corinthians 10:11
It is a personal language
It addresses itself to the heart and emotions rather than merely to the mind – Malachi 1:2-3
It is an intellectual language
It was more suited to exemplifying a communication or reflection on a revelation of God in order to put it into simple communicable form. The theological truths that were more generally expressed in the Old Testament Hebrew were more precisely formulated in the Greek of the New Testament.
It was a nearly universal language
Koine – common Greek. This was spoken in the marketplace. It was commonly used all the time.