The Word of God: Scripture, Revelation, and Authority In the introduction to his book, Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why, Bart Ehrman tells how his scholarly studies of early New Testament manuscripts caused him to question the authority of the Bible as the word of God. Because contentious disagreements of teachers of religion over the interpretation of Biblical passages caused Joseph Smith to lose faith in the Bible’s power to answer his religious questions, he retired to the woods to seek answers directly from God. Does the Mormon doctrine of continuing revelation solve the problems raised by variant texts and differing interpretations of scripture? What is the word of God? How is it given and received? And what is the relationship between scripture, revelation, and authority?
Janice Allred, Becky Johns