sudas: This was the name of a book I bought, but the content wasn't what I thought it would be. It talks about archeologists finding previously lost sites of cities and towns that may match ones mentioned in the Bible. I was looking for a book by a certain Biblical scholar. He had pursued the origins of the Bible. His findings were accepted, but his teachings were deeply disturbing to many of his students who were Biblical Literalists. Because they believed that every word of the Bible comes down to us unchanged and divinely inspired Truth, when they faced evidence that this was not so, it threatened their faith. That hadn't been the scholar's intent. My own ideas before reading about this scholar (whose name I don't remember), was that the Bible has been in the "hands of man" for millenia. How can we be certain that sections might not be twisted, lost, or things added that shouldn't be there? I have found evidence for my supposition in the Dead Sea Scrolls. There is a section of IISamuel that jumps a paragraph, due to scribal error, because the lines start with the same word or phrase. The Dead Sea Scrolls have the missing paragraph, which makes the narrative easier to follow. Another source is the Gospel of Thomas. It was found by an early sect of Christianity in Egypt. This particular document, although unaccepted by the church, purports to list sayings of Jesus (some of which match those in the accepted Gospels), but without the narrative. The form is a list that looks like this: >Jesus said,... >Jesus said,... >They said to him... and Jesus said... One in particular strikes me: >They asked him, "should we pay taxes?" >Jesus said, "render unto Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's, and to me what is mine." I find this fascinating, since the last is different from our Gospels. However, no one with whom I've talked is at all interested in seeing a "corrected" Bible. I believe the Literalists' view of the Bible can't hold up under scrutiny. I thought about putting this under Religion thread, but that is already too long for me to read from start to finish.