Not only Thanksgiving but Bible Sunday also crowds the church calendar at this season of the year. Their proximity is, in fact, highly appropriate. The Bible is itself among the greatest gifts of revealed religion. On the threshold of the 150th anniversary of the American Bible Society, we thank God that in so much of the world “The Book” is available in translation.

The adversaries of supernatural religion have, quite understandably, sought to undermine confidence in the Scriptures. But each generation witnesses the futile revision of their theories while the Great Book exercises its continuing sway in the lives of a multitude of devout readers. There is light enough in almost any of the modern versions to banish the pervasive darkness of our age. That is why, for a limited period, CHRISTIANITY TODAY is continuing its offer of The New Testament in Four Versions as a free bonus to new subscribers.

The essays in this issue are of exceptional importance. From Professor Yamauchi’s observations on critical trends through the subsequent articles on the authority and power of the Scriptures, they supply worthy literary fare at this Christian season of thanksgiving.

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