Thursday, August 25, 2022

50% Off Scribes & Scripture Book


My new book with John Meade comes out in October and should interest ETC readers. The subject—how we got the Bible—is intentionally broad and so is the audience. The goal is to introduce the subject to new readers. I’m not 100% sure, but it may be one of the only books in this category written by those with training in each testament.

Another feature I hope serves readers well is that we wrote the book following several years of field testing the material in churches through our conference of the same name. That taught us what works and what doesn’t in terms of examples, anecdotes, key figures, etc. While we tried to make the material accessible, I don’t think you’ll find it dumbed down. We also included lots of charts, sidebars, and pictures to make it more engaging to the youngins (and our parents). Until it releases, you can get it for 50% off + free US shipping via TCI. 

Publisher info

Scribes and Scripture: The Amazing Story of How We Got the Bible

By John D. Meade, Peter J. Gurry

Answers to Common Questions about the Writing, Copying, Canonizing, and Translating of the Bible

There are many common questions and misconceptions surrounding the formation and history of the Bible: Why is the Bible composed of the current 66 books instead of others? Why are there so many translations? How are we to understand both the human and divine elements of the Bible? In Scribes and Scripture, scholars John D. Meade and Peter J. Gurry answer these questions and give readers tools to interpret the evidence about God’s word. 

Beginning with the history of the Bible—from the invention of the alphabet to the most recent English translations—the book focuses on three main areas: the writing and copying of the Bible, the canonization of the Bible, and the translation of the Bible. Using Old and New Testament scholarship, Meade and Gurry help God’s people better appreciate the story of the Bible as a way to better appreciate the stories in the Bible.

Table of Contents


Part 1: Text
Chapter 1: Writing the Bible
Chapter 2: Copying the Old Testament
Chapter 3: Copying the New Testament

Part 2: Canon
Chapter 4: Canonizing the Old Testament to the Reformation
Chapter 5: The Old Testament in the Reformation Period
Chapter 6: Canonizing the New Testament

Part 3: Translation
Chapter 7: Early and Medieval Bible Translation
Chapter 8: English Bible Translation to the King James
Chapter 9: The English Bible after the King James

Appendix 1: Modern Canons
Appendix 2: Early Christian Canon Lists


“One of the striking features of the book is its fairness and its reasonableness. No book, of course, is written without a perspective, but Meade and Gurry aren’t trying to win a debate or to demonize opponents. They carefully present and analyze the evidence so that readers can make their own judgments. I can’t think of another book that introduces in such a brief and illuminating way matters of text, canon, and translation.”
—Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“I don’t have time to read this.”
—Elijah Hixson, Research Fellow, Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts, Forger of Sinaiticus (probably)

“The history of the Bible is complex: it involves multiple languages (ancient and modern), and it divides into two very much distinct (but also overlapping) branches we call the Old and New Testaments. Christians need trusted guides to lead us through that history. This is why I am so grateful for the work of Old Testament specialist John Meade, New Testament specialist Peter Gurry, and their Text & Canon Institute. They represent the newest generation of evangelical historians of the Bible, and they are both able and eager to keep a foot in the academy and a foot in the church. There are many threats to the orthodox viewpoint on text, canon, and translation. Scribes and Scripture is their attempt to serve the church by guiding Christians toward an accurate and faith-filled grasp of the Bible’s history.”
—Mark Ward, Editor, Bible Study Magazine; author, Authorized: The Use and Misuse of the King James Bible

“Is your book finally done??”
—My Kids, Kindergarten through 6th grade

“Misconceptions and myths about the Bible’s origins lead many to reject it and continue to confuse sincere believers. Now, at last, we have a book that shatters these misconceptions. This impressively informative book is based on solid scholarship, yet it is accessible, easy to read, and profitable for any reader at any level. Not for a generation have we seen such a helpful book on this topic! I heartily recommend it to everyone.”
—Peter J. Gentry, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Old Testament and Senior Research Fellow of the Text & Canon Institute at Phoenix Seminary

“Please tell me this book gets royalties.”
—John’s Wife


  1. Alexander Thomson8/25/2022 1:55 pm

    Copy ordered -definitely - but Yanks will get it before Brits!

    “Elijah Hixson..Forger of Sinaiticus (probably)” - surely not he of Simonides’ stock?

  2. Best endorsements I've ever seen.

  3. Maybe you want to specify that the free shipping is only for US

    1. Done. Thanks.

    2. Alexander Thomson8/26/2022 4:40 pm

      It’s not the fault of author or publisher, but “shipping” (long-discontinued in favour of “planing”) from US to UK has become so expensive. USPO’s financial inefficiency led them to discontinue some services and to change and increase the cost of others. The result, as conformed to me by my own experience and US sellers’ comments, is that UK individuals now buy fewer books from US.

  4. Is this the same material of yours in How We Got The Bible??

    1. What is How We Got the Bible?

    2. A little book! Sorry, it is by another Peter though. Peter Head.

    3. "How the NT Came Together"

  5. Alexander Thomson8/26/2022 7:55 pm

    Steven, Far be it for me to stray afar! But, remembering that “Simonides” denotes one of the clan or family of “Simon”, I wonder whether we have here a deliberate scribal change from “Sinon”. the Greek who lied about yon Trojan Horse, to get it into, and so destroy, the City of Troy?

  6. "Why is the Bible composed of the current 66 books instead of others?" - People whose Bibles are composed of other books beside those 66 might find this question quite curious.

    1. They should read this book then.

    2. I certainly will (my Bible is comprised of 77 books). Scholarly opinions on the issue of canon are something refreshing, given that the disputes of what is canonical and what is not were/are entirely driven and shaped by the means of theology.