Psalm 119:160 states that the entirety of god's word is truth starting with that premise, we can compare writings outside the accepted canon of scripture to see if they meet the test as an example, the bible claims that jesus christ is god ( isaiah 9:6-7 matthew 1:22-23 john 1:1, 2, 14, 20:28 acts 16:31, 34 philippians 2:5-6. There was no official list of accepted books of jewish scripture until around 100 ad when jewish rabbis revised their scripture and established an official canon of judaism, rejecting some books not found in hebrew versions of the scripture this revision accounts for the fact that protestant, roman catholic and orthodox. The second section, the canon of the bible, reveals the processes that went into selecting the thirty-nine books of the old testament and the twenty-seven books of the new testament to be part of canonized scripture this section also has an essay on the old testament and new testament apocrypha the third section. It is clear from sheppard's essay that he has little taste for historical particularity: “ biblical theology in the context of the canon does not depend first upon an attempt by 'historical-grammatical' means to recover a writer's 'intention' in all of its full historically conditioned particularity” (p 12) christian. The canon of biblical writings for centuries now christians have claimed to possess the special revelation of an omnipotent, loving deity who is sovereign over all of his creation this special revelation is in written form and is what has come to be known as the bible which consists of two books the first book is the. The previous chapter concluded that it is especially the written words of god in the bible to which we are to give our attention before we can do this, however, we must know which writings belong in the bible and which do not this is the question of the canon of scripture, which may be defined as follows:.
With regard to the bible, a canon is an officially accepted list of books this is important with regard to the fundamentalist's attitude towards the bible if the word of god is inerrant, or something close to it, then deciding that a book is a member of the canon of the bible is to proclaim it infallible the true believer now regards a. However, if we believe in the inspiration of the bible, then it is also reasonable to assume god's hand in the matter of the compiliation of the canon that the church fathers did not seem to have regarded inspiration as the ground of the bible's uniqueness for more on this, see our appendix at the end of this essay. Consequent to the accepted circumstances of canonization, whether of old testa- ment or of new the purpose of this essay is not to question the doctrine that the bible is inspired that is a universal christian doctrine nor is it to question the inter-relatedness of the history of the canon and the christian doctrine of inspiration. One of the steps by which we got the bible we have is called the canonization of scripture canonization of scripture no, we are not talking about putting the bible in a cannon and shooting it at the walls of a city i've omitted a bunch of others, simply becuase i don't feel write an essay on the history of early christianity.
Bulletin for biblical research 6 (1996): 95-132 the integrity of the biblical canon in light of its historical development lee martin mcdonald first baptist church alhambra, california [p95] the following essay argues that the final fixing of the hebrew scriptures and the christian biblical canon did not emerge until the. Detailed information on the history of the canon of the bible table of books included in the hebrew bible, greek septuagint, latin vulgate, and the king james version comparison of greek orthodox, roman catholic, and protestant the formation of the canon of the new testament, an essay by benjamin warfield.
Moreover, the ``gospel'' spoken of was often the oral gospel and not exclusively the four gospels we have in our current bible there were also many apocryphal gospels written between the late first and early third centuries some of them appear to accurately preserve some of christ's sayings and were long used in. Scriptures, truths we rarely face and this reticence prevents us from being completely faithful to the bible and christ in the previous article we examined the old testament in light of the apocrypha and septuagint in this essay we will examine the character of the canon of the new testament and the authority of scripture.