Special new release from a respected author
When I was little I was infatuated with Indiana Jones. I wanted to grow up to be like him so I could go on cool archeological digs and find treasures that haven’t seen the light of day in thousands of years. So when I heard about Josh McDowell’s new book, God Breathed: The Undeniable Power and Reliability of Scripture, the Indiana Jones geek inside of me perked up!
Recapture the awe, mystery, passion and power of scripture in God-Breathed – where you’ll personally experience a life transformed by the One who spoke everything into existence, including you.
Through the story of a centuries-old Torah and other scriptural artifacts he’s acquired, McDowell highlights the Bible’s unique history. Learn how these writings were made, what makes an ancient document reliable, and why the Bible is the most trusted. Includes color photos of McDowell’s biblical manuscripts.
In this book, you’ll learn about a special collection of biblical artifacts and manuscripts that McDowell has collected over many years, many of which help prove the reliability of Scripture. Cool, huh?
I’m so happy to have Josh stopping by today to share more about this book and his collection!
Do you like antiques? I confess I’m an antique lover. A few years after I married Dottie I dabbled a bit in collecting antiques. But recently God granted me an antique lover’s dream. I have become the steward of something so incredibly old and amazingly powerful that I can hardly believe it. What I’ve acquired is biblical in nature and in fact… Wait, I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me start at the beginning.
I was nineteen years old and quite a skeptic. I had left college for a semester and traveled to Europe to do research in an attempt to disprove Christianity—specifically to show that the Bible was historically unreliable and that Jesus was by no means the Son of God.
Standing in the Glasgow University library in Scotland, I stared at an ancient New Testament manuscript. It was a fragment from John 16 and the papyrus (the papery substance on which it was written) was more than 1600 years old. It was a priceless artifact, an antique if you will, that quoted the words of Jesus.
I was on a quest to disprove Christianity. Yet that quest was instrumental in convincing me of the historical reliability of Scripture and bringing me face-to-face with the love and convicting power of the Holy Spirit. Consequently, I placed my trust in Christ.
Fast forward some fifty years later to December 2013. My ministry had organized an unprecedented event in Plano, Texas. Just prior to the meeting I had acquired some rare Egyptian artifacts that were between 1600 and 2200 years old. My hope was that hidden within them would be fragments of ancient scriptural writings. It wasn’t the artifacts themselves that interested me of course; it was their infrastructure, which comprised layers of papyrus dating to between the third century BC and the fifth century AD.
Rather than rushing to extract the papyri from these ancient artifacts, we decided to create an experience so that other people could learn from the process as well. We invited two hundred apologists, Christian leaders, lay people, and highly specialized scholars in ancient languages to what became the Discover the Evidence event.
When the seminar convened, we watched for two days while a team of experts carefully dismantled the pieces. Finally, after lunch, the moment of truth arrived. Dr. Scott Carroll, a specialist in ancient languages and manuscripts, was ready to announce his findings.
As the crowd settled in, Scott cleared his voice and began. “Here is a paraphrase of the Gospels—a biblical Coptic text—fourth century.” He sat the fragment down and picked up another. “Here is a second text from the Gospel of Mark, three lines. . .very nice biblical, unsealed, uncial text.”
He repeated this process again and again. After the initial analysis and identification was made, I found that I was the steward of six ancient New Testament passages and one Old Testament manuscript fragment—seven treasures in all! While all the manuscripts are yet unpublished and must be further scrutinized to determine the exact content and more precise dating, we do know what passages these are from and the approximate time period. They included a manuscript fragment from Jeremiah 33, which is possibly the earliest known Coptic papyrus of this passage in existence today. There were also manuscripts of Mark 15, John 14, Matthew 6 and 7, and 1 John 2—all possibly the earliest papyrus records of these passages in any language in existence today—and Galatians 4, which dates as one of the earliest known papyrus passages ever recorded. These treasures were far beyond my expectations. I was utterly elated.
Since that December day I have had the awesome privilege to take these scriptural artifacts with me and share them with thousands of young people and adults alike. It has helped me bring audiences face to face with the reality that God’s Word is undeniably reliable and supernaturally powerful.
Right now, Shiloh Run Press and LifeWay Christian Stores are releasing a book about it entitled God-Breathed. I wrote it to help you recapture the awe, the mystery, the passion and power of God’s Word.
My experience these past months has deepened my conviction that “the word of God is alive and powerful” (Heb. 4:12, NLT). I may have acquired an antique lover’s dream (a true treasure), but you share an antique treasure as well—God’s Word. Within its pages are hidden treasures to meet your every need, provide direction in your life, and give practical insights for living. It reveals the true heart of a God who loves you and wants you to discover him in his book. He’s the greatest treasure you and I could ever find. And he wants to be found. “ʻIf you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,’ says the Lord” (Jeremiah 29:13-14, NLT).