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The Idea of Canon (Part 1) (The Covenant & the Cross #16)

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Today's passage of Scripture is Matthew 28:19-20 which reads: "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen."

Today's quote about the Bible is from Patrick Henry. He said: "The Bible is worth all other books which have ever been printed."

Our topic for today is titled: "The Idea of Canon (Part 1)" from the book, "The Promise and the Blessing" by Dr. Michael A. Harbin

Genesis, Exodus, and Leviticus became the first "canon." This concept is crucial. The word canon (referring to a group of writings regarded as authentic) is used to describe the body of literature we call the Bible or Scripture. This English term is a transliteration from the Latin, which borrowed it from the Greek, which in turn had taken it from a Semitic language, probably from Hebrew "ga-neh," meaning "reed" or "measuring stick." 

As we look over the following fifteen hundred years of biblical history, we see that the canon as we have it today developed gradually. What we mean is that various books were added to the three given at Sinai as God deemed necessary. Most of the material was written in Hebrew. The Hebrew text of the original three books was very close to (but not exactly) what we have today. At times editorial comments were added. (For example, Gen. 26:33 states that the city of Beersheba was called by that name "to this day," and Josh. 7:26 notes that a great heap of stones stands "to this day.")...