There were many, many possible books for The Bible. But how did certain scripture become sacred?
You'll hear the books of the Bible that we
refer to often called the Canon. Canon comes from the
Greek word "kanon"
-- a rod used to measure. The books that were chosen for
the Bible were the books that "measured up" to
You can link to some of these findings:
times this century, people have found scrolls hidden in
pottery jars. The discoverer of the Dead Sea Scrolls was
a shepherd boy who was throwing stones into a cave when
he heard a CLUNK! Discoverers found a book of Isaiah 1000
years older than any writings found previously.
Let's say the books were trying out for a sports team, band, or a debate team. Some made the "Canon team" and some didn't. And some books made it for some teams (e.g., the Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, etc., team) and not others.
What differences do you see between the canons of different faiths?
Why do you think that some books were chosen to be part of the canon and some not?
Why are the books that were chosen sacred?
You can go more indepth and explore the adult Bible study pages:
How the Canon Was Chosen
Rumors have it that Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team. Did that mean Michael Jordan was a bad player?
Not necessarily. He may have needed work or to refine some skills. He may not have been as good as the other players...yet!
Books of the Bible that were "cut" from the team still may have some redeeming qualities.
Apocrypha - "apocrypha" comes from a word that means "hidden". These books were considered valuable, but somewhat different that those chosen for the Canon team. The reasons: they were written later or in the Greek language.
Read some of these books, especially these neat stories!
Why are these stories still interesting to read? Why do you think they didn't make the canon team?
Pseudepigrapha - this word means "writings under a false signature." These Jewish documents were written under the name of an important figure from the past, thereby claiming older authority for a written book. Read some of these books, especially this one:
Other Christian books -- written by the "Apostolic Fathers," but too late to be in the new testament.
Gnostic Books found at Nag Hammadi: "gnosis" in Greek means "knowledge." Gnostics were a group who claimed to have secret knowledge for a few spiritual people about life, God, Jesus and salvation.
Let's move on to look at
Why is the Bible still significant today?
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