I want us to spend the next couple of weeks looking at how the Bible came all the way from manuscript to me, to this nice English translation that I hold in my hand.  The processes that we will consider are known as transmission and translation.  These words describe the process by which various scribes and copyists were able to reproduce the text of Scripture in a reliable manner.  Then, the process involved monks and scholars and Christian leaders who worked hard, many of whom paid with their lives, to translate the Scriptures into the English language.