Many believers have studied World History and know something about the history of their country. Not so many have studied Church History and traced the silver thread of those who maintained the Pure Faith down through the centuries. Fewer still have studied the history of the Bible. From the time that it was breathed out by God, through its various stages of transmission, down to its present form in our day. This book attempts to do this.

Three kinds of books have been written on this subject. The first is from a totally naturalistic viewpoint, with the author denying that there was anything supernatural about the Bible's production and transmission. The second affirms the Bible's inspiration but takes a basically naturalistic position regarding its transmission. The third recognizes that the promises within the Scriptures declare just as forcibly its preservation as it does its inspiration - that both are supernatural. It is here that this book stands. It is trusted that it will meet the need for a fuller treatment from this viewpoint.

I believe that God laid a hot coal on my heart concerning this subject some sixteen years ago, and the present survey is a systematizing of material gathered during that time. I have also quoted heavily from "Believing Bible Study" by Edward F. Hills; "The Identity of the New Testament Text" by Wilbur N. Pickering; "Which Bible" by David Otis Fuller and many others. On the other side, I have frequently quoted "The Text of the Greek Bible" and "The Bible and the Ancient Manuscripts" by Frederick Kenyon; "The Books and the Parchments" by F.F. Bruce, etc. Many other authorities have been drawn upon with recognition being given in the text.

"Forever Settled" is dedicated to all who love and defend the Word of God.

Jack Moorman
Johannesburg, South Africa
October 1985.