The Iliad and the Bible

I’ve been doing more research of issues regarding the Bible, none of which I am ready to post about. I just wanted to take the time to write about a claim I heard in regards to the Bible’s reliability.

I was watching a video called “Dinosaurs and the Bible” in which the the creator (of the video) believes dinosaurs co-existed with humans simply because various civilizations created artwork depicting dragons and other dinosaur-like creatures. This theory makes sense, setting aside the fact that no dinosaur fossils have been found on the same layer as humans, but that’s beside the point.

The creator goes on to talk about how reliable the Bible is because we have over 2,000 manuscripts which have been accurately preserved and copied over the centuries. He says, “No scholar has a problem trusting Homer’s Iliad, which has only 643 supporting manuscripts with the oldest copy being written 500 years after Homer actually wrote his work.”

And I say, “No scholar has a problem viewing the Bible the same as he views Homer’s Iliad – as literature.”

There is a huge difference between the “trustworthiness” of the Iliad and the Bible. No one claims that the Iliad is the word of God. No one even claims it is 100% historical. It is mostly a work of fiction. The Iliad tells us of the gods Zeus, Poseidon, Artemis, Apollo, Aphrodite, etc. Are we to believe these gods are real? I think not.



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