November 20, 2013 – The Origin of the Bible – Old Testament

// November 20th, 2013 // The Joy of Discovery

Has anyone ever asked you “where is that teaching found in the Bible?” It can be a common question and suggests that if a teaching is not found in the Scriptures, then it does not have authority to teach us about faith and morals. Yet, where do the Scriptures come from, and how do we know that they are reliable? Knowing the source, however, will provide insight into the question of authority. Furthermore, how do Catholics explain the presence of 7 books included in their version of the Old Testament? These “disputed books” are not found in Protestant Bibles. Did the Catholics add them or did the Protestants remove them? This further underscores the importance understanding the source of authority. Afterall, what prevents any one of us from removing books that we do not agree with? Understanding the history and development of Sacred Scripture will provide us with confidence and joy as we discover God’s hand in bringing us the Bible. In two subsequent talks, both the formation of the New Testament and the decisions made during the Reformation will be discussed. For a complete presentation on this subject, refer to “The Origin of the Bible” by Dr. Brant Pitre at:

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