Know How We Got Our Bible

Know How We Got Our Bible

Taught by Ryan Matthew Reeves, Charles E. Hill

How did we get the Bible? Can we trust it? Which translation is best?

This course will help you read the Bible better, taking you on a journey from ancient manuscripts to the book on your dining room table.

Course Details

  • 15 Units

  • Self-paced

  • 6 hours of video

  • Beginner

  • Know How We Got Our Bible

12 Month Access
$199.99 USD

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Course Description

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The easy accessibility of the Bible in most of the world’s major languages can obscure a dramatic and sometimes unexpected story.

In this course, you’ll learn the history of the Bible from its beginnings to the present day. Along the way, you’ll encounter key figures in the Bible’s history, and come to understand why Scripture is reliable.

First, you’ll start by learning when the books of the Bible were written and who wrote them.

Next, you’ll discover how the Old and New Testaments were formed, including the early transmission of the manuscripts and the development of the canon.

Finally, you’ll learn about the history of Bible translation, from the Latin Vulgate through the ongoing work of translation around the world today.

This is an accessible course focused on the overarching story of how the Bible came to us today. It’s an excellent introduction for both formal students and lay learners.

Meet Your Instructors

Ryan Matthew Reeves

Ph.D., Cambridge University

Ryan M. Reeves is Associate Professor of Historical Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Dean of the seminary’s Jacksonville campus. Also a visiting lecturer at Reformed Theological Seminary, Reeves has written English Evangelicals and Tudor Obedience and co-written The Story of Creeds and Councils (Baker, 2018). He hosts the Historical Theology for Everyone blog at The Gospel Coalition.

Charles E. Hill

Ph.D., Cambridge University

Charles E. Hill is John R. Richardson Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando and author of several books, including Who Chose the Gospels?: Probing the Great Gospel Conspiracy (Oxford, 2010).

Course Outline

  • Introduction

  • The Old Testament

  • The Septuagint and the Apocrypha

  • The New Testament

  • The Earliest Christians

  • The Vulgate

  • The Medieval Bible


  • The Renegade Bible of John Wycliffe

  • The Bible and the Reformation

  • The Protestant Bible in English

  • The King James Bible

  • The Modern Bible Movements

  • The Bible Today – and Tomorrow



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