You’re in a conversation and someone asks, “Who chose which books should be in the Bible? And what about the books that were left out?”
What would you say?
The Bible is a collection of many different writings that were written at different points in history. So how did we get this particular set of books?
The next time someone asks how the books of the Bible were chosen, here are 3 things to remember:
First, early faith communities accepted the texts that became the Bible because they understood that God was their ultimate author.
Second, the decision to recognize a text as scripture was based upon multiple factors.
Third, books that didn’t measure up were rejected because they didn’t meet the criteria.
Thank you to Dr. Steven Sanchez for his contributions to this video.
Sources and Further Reading:
“In Defense of the Bible: A Comprehensive Apologetic for the Authority of Scripture” edited by Steven B. Cowan and Terry L. Wilder
“Journey from Texts to Translations: The Origin and Development of the Bible” by Paul D. Wegner
“Myths and Mistakes in New Testament Textual Criticism” edited by Peter J. Gurry and Elijah Hixson
“Can We Trust the Gospels?” by Peter J. Williams
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