How do Christians know what books belong in the Bible? Who determined what books were inspired? What about the Deuterocanonical books (Apocrypha)? Should they be included? Upon completion of this session the student should have a better understanding of process of the canonization of Scripture. During this session the different criteria that people have proposed for determining the canon will be examined. The student should struggle with the traditional understanding that the closed is canon. As well, the student will learn the Roman Catholic arguments put forth for the inclusion of the Old Testament Deuterocanonical/Apocryphal books and the Protestant response. The student should leave trusting in God, understanding that He, ultimately, is in providential control of the canon of Scripture
For Further Study:
- The Canon of Scripture-Old Testament, Dr. Wayne Grudem
- The Canonization
of the Old Testament
- The Cannon of Scripture
- Defending The Deuterocanomnicals
The Canon of Scripture: How the Bible was “made,” formed / came to be
Canon of Scripture: How do I know which books belong in the Bible?
Only 66 books in the Bible — why the Apocrypha and Gnostic Gospels weren’t included
How did the Old Testament canon develop?