History of the Bible
Where did the Bible come from?
Contrary to authors such as Dan Brown (The DaVinci Code) and Voltaire, the Council of Nicene in 325 AD was not the meeting that once and for all decided Biblical canon, rather it was the work of teachers and scholars over many years.
The “books” of the Bible were originally scrolls or letters on parchment or skins rather than what we think of as books.
Non-canon books, such as those found in the Apocrypha and the pseudepigrapha were viewed as non canon for various reasons over the course of a few centuries.
Eusebius- Christian historian from the 3rd century AD who provided one of the earliest “lists” of canonical books.
Why should I believe the Bible?
One of the arguments against the Bible is the belief that many of the books, especially the OT were passed down through oral tradition for hundreds of years before being written down. However, MOST ancient history was passed via oral tradition including Buddhist texts, Greek literature, and many traditions such as King Authur and Robin Hood.
Many people attack the veracity of the Bible because of lack of “historical” evidence.
Flavious Josephus “Antiquities of the Jews”
– First century historian refers to Jesus and other biblical people
– Archeological and historical events that are actually found in the Bible
Is the Bible God’s word?
Scripture is its own endorsement.
- Ezra 6:8– “it is written”
- Nehemiah 8:15
- Matthew 4– Jesus fights the devil with “It is written”
- Acts 1:20
- Acts 13:33
- Romans 3:10
- I Corinthians 2:9
The word is meant to challenge us.
READ YOUR BIBLE!
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
- Trust, but verify! Not all sources hold up to scrutiny.