Open Access Presidential Scholars Thesis
How could such a diverse group of books written over a period of 1500 years by over 40 different authors from all walks of life on three different continents and in three different languages be included in one single compilation (McDowell, 4)? Yet, this is what the present day Bible consists of The New Testament and the Old Testament were brought together by different means and at different times, but both have been declared complete and exhaustive by the early church and most people today. So, the main question revolves around how these particular sixty-six books (see chart 5) were chosen to be included in the Bible as it appears today.
The other area of focus is on the books that were used in the past but did not make it into the present day Bible. These books are referred to as apocryphal books, or noncanonical, as first used by Jerome back in the fifth century AD. (Harrison, 84). Some of these were books that were found in the Septuagint and Latin Bibles, but did not occur in the Hebrew Old Testament (Harrison, 84). This did not mean that these books should be disregarded entirely and not read by any Christian ever again. Instead, it was meant to show that these books should not be regarded as Christian doctrine, but merely used as a source for inspiration or uplifting.
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©2004 Steve Allen
Allen, Steve, "The formation of the Bible" (2004). Presidential Scholars Theses (1990 – 2006). 34.