I recently responded to a request from a European journalist writing an article about how we got the Bible and what we can say about the collection and illicit sale of manuscripts.  When I get these requests, I’m usually tempted to send back a list of books and tell them to do some homework.  But, well, they have deadlines and it ain’t gonna happen.  So I went ahead and gave some brief answers to some rather important questions.  I thought blog readers might enjoy this kind of very condensed (but very simple) exchange.   Here are it is, questions in black, responses in red.



-Why do you think that some apocryphal books were not included in the Bible? What was the selection criteria? Do you know when the Bible like we know today were completed?

     Church father debated for centuries which books to include.  The side that “won” the debate applied several criteria: 

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