The Canon In The Bible

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The Canon is defined as a “rod of measurement” that gives a description of the expectations the books of the Bible are required to meet to be acknowledged as God-Breathed originals. The expectation we see in the canon was put in place as a result of many questions raised about the authenticity of the Bible. Questions such as, “Are the only God-breathed books of the Bible contained in all sixty-six books?”; “Can the books of the Bible be proven as God-breathed?”; “Is the Bible a complete works, an unfinished series of events, or perhaps a collection of books deprived of its original meaning due to edited revisions over a period of time and have there been unnecessary additions made to the text?” These questions of canonicity were looked at …show more content…
The earliest Christians put their faith into the scriptures of the Old Testament as the Word was given to them. Modern day
Christians refer to the first half of the Bible as the Old Testament, however the Jewish referred to it as the Tanakh. The Tanakh categorized the Old Testament into three parts of Hebrew scripture: the Torah calling attention the law, the Nevi’im which is calling attention to the prophets, and lastly the Kethuvim which is calling attention to the writings. In the Torah, we see the Israelites accepting literally everything that God commanded Moses to write due to their belief that he was an anointed prophet who had been given a revelation or message with significant content within the first five books of the Old Testament. In the Nevi’im and Kethuvim, we see the people believing the writings of the Major and Minor Prophets, along with the books of the premonarchy or Judges and the monarchy of Israel as God was physically present during its composition. In conclusion, the Old Testament books were considered canon for a considerable period of time, however, it was not until 90 A.D. that the Jamnia Council formally took in
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The use of these tests does not bring canonicity, for the canonicity of any literature is determined by God. However, these tests allow us to recognize whether or not any literature is canonical. There is the Test of Divine Inspiration, the Test of Human Authorship or the Test of Authenticity. It is noteworthy that Bible authors did not use the false philosophical and scientific opinions of their times. There was also the Test of
Testimony, and finally The Test of Agreement. The Old Testament and the New Testament were canonized differently in several ways. In the Old Testament, God’s Word was revealed through His prophets. In the New Testament,
God’s Word was revealed through His Son, Jesus Christ. Another way The Testaments were canonized differently was the Jewish Old Testament Cannon books were recognized by Jesus as
Scripture directly, and the apostles claimed authority for their writings. The Old Testament was officially recognized by the Council of Jamnia in A.D. 90 and by the Jewish historian Josephus in A.D. 95. The New Testament books were recognized as authoritative by two councils,

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