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A Christian’s Pocket Guide to How We Got the Bible

A Christian’s Pocket Guide to How We Got the Bible

Greg Lanier
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What books make up the Bible and why? Who wrote the Bible? Who decided what should go in? How can we know that what is in the Bible is from God?

This short book answers some critical questions about the Word of God, helping us to understand where the Scriptures came from and why we can trust them. Covering the origins and translations of the Old and New Testaments, this straightforward introduction answers many questions, and provides suggestions for further reading if you want to research the topic further.

Greg Lanier

About Greg Lanier

Greg Lanier is Associate Professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, Florida. He is Associate Pastor at River Oaks Church in Lake Mary, Florida. He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Biblical and Theological Studies.


  • Author: Greg Lanier
  • Release Date: December 2018
  • Pages: 128
  • Format: Pocket paperback
  • Dimensions: 178 x 110
  • ISBN: 9781527102682
  • Imprint: Christian Focus
  • Category: Bible Study > Biblical Studies > Biblical Studies General
  • Series: Pocket Guides


Carefully researched and easy to read, Greg Lanier has provided an excellent resource for both pastors and laypeople … Dr. Lanier takes his reader through the history and complexity of our Bible. This pocket guide answers difficult questions about the formation of the canon of scripture with clarity, precision, and a pastor’s heart.

Leigh Swanson, First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, and VP of Community Development for Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, Florida

Greg Lanier has done the church a great service with this short but meaty read, helping the ordinary church member both to understand the process of how we got our Bibles, and to have well–founded confidence in the text of God’s word before us. An edifying and enlightening book.

Lee Gatiss, Director of Church Society, and Adjunct Lecturer in Church History, Union School of Theology, Bridgend, Wales
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