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The Idea of Canon (Part 3) (The Covenant & the Cross #18)

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We always like to start out with the Word of God, and today's passage of Scripture is Psalm 119:17 which reads: "Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word."

Today's quote about the Bible is from Jeffrey E. Ramey. He said: "Who decides what is right and wrong in the world? Who has the authority to define morality for all of creation? It is not the courts, congress, the media, public opinion, the "politically correct" police, the "tolerance" brigade, or even the church. The only answer has been, is, and always will be Jesus Christ. You can find His opinion on a great variety of subjects in His best seller, the Bible."

Our topic for today is titled: "The Idea of Canon (Part 3)" from the book, "The Promise and the Blessing" by Dr. Michael A. Harbin

Joshua followed in the footsteps of Moses and wrote the book of Joshua, which was included in the canon. Evidence suggests that these later canonical books were, from the time they were written, accepted by the community as inspired because they measured up to the original standards. We see this point illustrated in Daniel 9:2, where the author identifies the writings of Jeremiah, a contemporary of Daniel, as Scripture.

Today, we really don’t understand how the early Jews distinguished between the canonical and the noncanonical, although in many cases the qualitative differences are very clear. For example, the apocryphal book, Bel and the Dragon, reads more like a Hardy Boys mystery than a scriptural account of the life of Daniel. We do know that the canon involves the concept of inspiration...