Topical Guide/Scripture and Influential Writings/Bible/Inerrant

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Inerrancy and the Bible

Summary: It is claimed` the Bible texts, at least in their pristine form, were inerrant. Therefore, it is incorrect for Joseph Smith to teach that the Bible contains errors, mistakes, or omissions.

Textual criticism

Summary: What can textual criticism tell us about the Bible? Does it have anything to say about the Bible being without error, as some Christians claim?

Translations

Summary: The Church insists on using the Authorized ("King James") Version as its official Bible, even though more modern translations are easier to read, are more accurate, and include more recent manuscript discoveries. Critics sometimes complain that the eight Article of Faith about believing the Bible "as far as it is translated correctly," implies that Bible translators are trying to hide God's truth.

Transmission versus translation

Summary: Critics try to show that by the term translation in the eighth Article of Faith, we really mean transmission.

Trustworthy?

Summary: It is claimed that Latter-day Saint leaders diminish the Bible as untrustworthy.