From God to Us: How we got our Bible (2012)



The original edition of From God to Us was published in 1974 and has since sold over 78,000 copies.  It was an abridgement to the Geisler and Nix classic A General Introduction to the Bible(which weighs in at over 700 pages).   This 2012 revision of From God to Us brings it up to date and expands it from 255 pages to 412 pages.  This major revision is expected to take the place of A General Introduction to the Bible.  From God to Us is the only book of its kind in print, covering the inspiration, canonization, transmission, and translations of the Bible.

The 2012 edition is available as a paperback and an eBook at:
ChristianBook and Amazon and Moody Publishers.

The 2013 edition (very slight revision of the 2012 edition with a few minor corrections) is also available as PDF format e-book atBastion Books.
The Bible was written in multiple languages by dozens of authors whose lives spanned a period of more than fifteen hundred years. How did it all come together? Best-selling authors Norman Geisler and William Nix thoroughly answer this question and many more in this revised and expanded edition of a classic which has sold more than 78,000 copies. Helpful charts, photos, and indices have been added, rendering this book ideally suited for Bible students, pastors, and professors.

Major topics addressed include: theories of inspiration, the process of canonization, major manuscripts and recent discoveries, textual criticism, Greek and Latin translations, and modern English translations. The entire field of general biblical introduction is covered.

Where did the Bible come from? How do we know the right books are in the Bible? Does the Bible contain errors? What are the oldest copies we have of the Bible? How do we know that the Bible hasn’t been changed over the years? Why are there so many translations of the Bible, and which one should I use? These are just some of the important questions about the Bible that are discussed in this book. Understanding basic facts about the origin of the Bible is essential for every Christian, but it can also be confusing and difficult. Here, two well-known scholars, authors of a more technical book, A General Introduction to the Bible, explain simply and clearly these basic facts. Inspiration, the biblical canon, major manuscripts, textual criticism, early translations, and modern versions are some of the major topics discussed. Careful explanations of important points are given throughout, as the entire field of biblical introduction is covered. Completely updated and revised edition of the 1974 work (more than 78,000 copies sold). Helpful charts have been added, along with an index of subjects, persons, and Scripture. This book is ideally suited for Bible students, pastors, and professors. While writing for readers without previous training, the authors do not gloss over difficult and complex issues when they arise. The nature of inspiration, the extent of the canon, and the usefulness of modern versions are all clearly discussed. The authors write: “The chain of communication from God to us is strong. It has several solid links: inspiration, collection, transmission, and translations. The strength of these links provide the contemporary Christian with the moral certitude that the Spirit-inspired original text of Scripture has been providentially preserved by God so that for all practical purposes the Bible in our hands is the infallible and inerrant word of God.”

The older version of From God to Us is available in paperback and Kindle edition here.

From God to Us is also available as a DVD lecture set (12 DVDs with Powerpoint presentations) at

You can still order a hardback copy of General Introduction to the Bible from here:

Also note that we may eventually sell both the original version of General Introduction to the Bible and the revised 2012 version of From God to Us in ebook formats at   We *might* possibly even eventually release an updated version of General Introduction to the Bible at bastion books.