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What Is The History Of The Bible

What is the history of the Bible? Who put it together and how?

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 ---Alan on 6/30/06
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Alan is asking a good question--a question I've asked myself.

To put it another way, who decided what should be in it, and how, and why?

For example, St. Paul wrote a letter to Laodicea, but it's not in the Bible, or even preserved. OTOH, there's a letter of Barnabas that while it's not in the Canon, has still been preserved because it was felt there was something in there of value worth keeping.

Who? How? When? Why?
---Jack on 8/24/07

well first let me say that it,s is a God inspired book written by men.moses wrote the first 5,david psalms,solomon escessaletes,the prophets wrote their own.luke was a doctor,john an apostle,paul wroteabout 10 or so,peter 2,james jesus,s brother,john wrote revelation.HISTORY,? yes, but actually the bible is more a witness of truth to the world, a revealing of God ,his nature,his laws,his love, AND HIS SON.
---tom2 on 3/21/07

As usual, some here act as if God doesn't even exist and Christianity must only be the result of men! God can use sinful humans to carry out His plans; He did so in Christ's death for our salvation! So what if some guys in the RCC thought they were voting on what should be the NT? God had already decided and so had those filled with His Spirit who were reading His words. Such councils never influenced God's elect concerning the Truth.
---danie9374 on 7/6/06

A good book is 'Who wrote the Bible?' It was a long proxess, as indeed the RCC canonized the Gospels based on politics by 325AD. around 200AD there were over 30 books being called the Gospel, and the emerging RCC slowly went through a process of selection. The Book Of Enoch was rejected by 1 vote, and the Shepard of Hermas was 'almost' accepted, as Revelations was almost not acceped. The Letter of Barnabbas was almost accepted. Yes, it was the RCC who made the NT canon.

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---MikeM on 7/4/06

Jack, its also a fact of history that the books we have were connonized because they were all believed to be written during the lifetimes of people who were EYEWITNESSES of jesus,s ministry .Books wriiten after eyewitnesses were dead weren,t included so as to try to keep scriptuyre as close to actual first hand experience as was,s not a theory about the king james version, it,s a fact.
---tom2 on 7/4/06

Jack if you read my post it says the king james version, I don,t mention anything about the greek orthodox, or any other .there were leaders in the early church even before constatine made christianity that prepared the books of the new testament that we have today.between 100 and 300 ad.and the church in those days included all orof the world. denominations didn,t sttart till after constatine I believe.not sure though.
---tom2 on 7/4/06

One book which I believe the moderators would consider good as well, would be A General Introduction to the Bible by Geisler and Nix (Moody Press); get the latest edition. It's authors believe Scripture is God-breathed and have chapters on that as well as the history of how the words were transmitted over time.

Moderator - Sounds interesting.
---danie9374 on 7/3/06

Alan (or anyone), if you truly want to know its history (not just asking to do some posting of your own opinion here), message me and I'll provide you with good Net links, leads and book titles. I'm sure you've found some already, but obviously many people have biases on this topic. Even atheistic historians have agreed there's much historical fact in the Bible; you can read the Bible about itself for starters. It would literally take volumes to answer your question in full! Any specifics?
---danie9374 on 7/3/06

Tom2--How does your theory about the "Roman Catholic Church canonizing the Bible" square with the simple fact that Eastern Churches that were NOT in union with Rome any later than 1054 (and some since the 5th century) have the identical list?
---Jack on 7/3/06

Actually the roman catholic church I believe cannonized the books that are in todays king james version.the year I believe was around 1300 something and for the reasons I mentioned earlier.these books were the closest in actual writing to the life of living eyewitnesses to our lords life and teachings when he lived on earth.
---tom2 on 7/2/06

not sure of the exact timeline. during early church after the 12 apostles died many writings known as the nostic gospels.surfaced they aren,t included in todays bible.the reason the books that are there is they are the earliest documented writings. they date during the period of eyewitnesses still being alive when jesus walked the earth. they are what we have in our bible today.The nostics and others were written after the life of eye witnesses to this is the new testament I,am speaking of.
---tom2 on 7/2/06

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