2009-08-09 - Conclusion of Old
Study on the Bible, Part 4
The History of the Bible (cont'd)
The Old Testament (cont'd)
We will speak to the internal evidence and Christs witness to the canon
later. There is support, of course, from outside sources. I will only quote
From Artaxerxes until our time, everything has been recorded but has
not been deemed worthy of like credit with what preceded, because the exact
succession of the prophets ceased. But what faith we have placed in our own
writings is evident by our conduct; for though so long a time has now passed,
no one has dared to add anything to them, or to take anything from them,
or to alter anything in them. From Artaxerxes refers to the time
of the last book being written time-wise - Malachi. Chronicles is the book
placed last in the Hebrew canon but Malachi was the last one written.
Before concluding the Old Testament Section, I should probably touch on the
Apocryphia. These books, accepted by Roman Orthodoxy, are rejected by both
Judaism and Protestant Christianity. The term itself means hidden or concealed,
which in and of itself should tell us something. The books dont meet
the standards for canonicity weve already reviewed. Additionally,
Ungers Bible Dictionary notes the following reasons for
They abound in historical and geographical inaccuracies and anachronisms.
They teach doctrines which are false and foster practices which are
at variance with inspired Scripture.
They resort to literary types and display an artificiality of subject
matter and styling out of keeping with inspired Scripture.
They lack the distinctive elements which give genuine Scripture their
divine character, such as prophetic power and poetic and religious
McDowell, p. 35.
Ungers Bible Dictionary, Moody Press, Chicago, IL, 1966,
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