Why didn't some books make it to the Bible ?
- PrinceLv 54 weeks ago
King James intended all of the books of the Catholic Bible to be translated and listed them all in his "canon", exempli gratia the Book of Judith; however, the Anglican Church simply has never finished the work of translation.
Still others were burned at Nicea because the priests were arguing about them thus engendering the impatience of the Emperour Constantine for it is the nature of a monarch to grow impatient as when Alexander solved the Gordian Knot by slicing through it with his Sword.
- PaulLv 74 weeks ago
Because the Holy Spirit didn't lead the bishops of the Catholic church to include those books when they compiled the Bible under His guidance in the 4'th Century. They actually read, studied, discussed, prayed about and discerned hundreds of different Jewish and Catholic writings before selecting the 73 texts God wanted included.
- Larry CLv 74 weeks ago
They were known frauds, gnostic texts, or other heretic doctrines, know since the late 2nd century ANNO DOMINI
- gillieLv 74 weeks ago
The sect that eventually took charge chose the canon based on the doctrine they wanted to push. They chose certain books, then put the word out that the others were "not authentic" or "not inspired."
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- 4 weeks ago
That's a really good question. If we follow the traditional dating (which why not?) the bible is an anthology composed over about 1400 years. Let's divide it up
Beginning of time to 1300 BCE: the bulk of the first 5 books were composed at this point. Chances are there was one main editor for lack of a better name Moses works. Some of the stories probably came from legends in what we call Iraq today.
1300bce-10bce the population no longer speaks Hebrew day to day. They speak Aramaic and Hebrew has the place that Latin has today. A language of ritual and education. Here we see some books that are native to the region getting put in based on the esteem they were held by the local educated classes. Song of Songs, ecclesiastes, and the Book of Job (fun fact Job is the only non-Jew who has his own book).
10bce to 6bce a bunch of new books are added based on the first temple period and snapshots of daily life. At this point there might have been some editing of the original 5. Additionally the very important short book of Daniel is added.
6bce to 50bce second temple period more books of various prophets wrapping up with Roman invasions
50bce to about 100ad. Paul begins put together the various gossipals
Basically what made it in and what didn't depended highly on the decisions of editors in these many time periods. I signal Daniel out because it was a great example of how the process worked. That book sat on the shelves for centuries until someone championed it for inclusion.
- Anonymous4 weeks ago
They failed to meet the standards of canonicity, mainly conflicting doctrine and/or dubious authorship. So they were deemed not God inspired
- keyjonaLv 74 weeks ago
They were too flawed.
- JuliLv 44 weeks ago
- yesmarLv 74 weeks ago
There were certain criteria by the early churches and early church followers as to what "writings" were considered genuine or inspired for the New Testament. They had to be written in the first century, or very early second century and they had to have been authored by an eyewitness to the ministry of Jesus or by someone that personally knew an eyewitness being the main ones. They also had to be free of "gnosticism".
The apocryphal books of the Old Testament were considered "inspiring" to teach from but not "inspired" by God. They were always considered deuterocanonical by the Jews and Catholics.
- 4 weeks ago
Because they are not God Inspired Scripture