November 27, 2013 – The Origin of the Bible – New Testament
// November 27th, 2013 // The Joy of Discovery
Have you ever received an inheritance or gift, and only later discovered its true value? At times, this can be the case with our sacred inheritance. We each own a Bible, for example, but do we revere it? By considering the Bible’s origins, we can deepen our appreciation for this gift from God! Did you know that at the time the canon was determined the divinely-inspired books were together with many other works, like diamonds among cut-glass crystals? If the collection of writings we have today is correct, the decision process reveals to us special qualities of the decision maker. We begin the presentation by highlighting the debate among the Jews at the time of Jesus. They had not decided which books were divinely inspired when the Apostles and others began writing. Later, there were also Christian writings by saints and noteworthy theologians. How was the early Christian Church to decide which should be included in the canon of Scripture? This is our focus. Material for this presentation is based “The Origin of the Bible” by Dr. Brant Pitre.