Highly Recommended Link: Bible Research – The Canon of Scripture. Has information on the disputed books.

Canon (Canonicity) – deals with the reason why certain books are included in the Bible. The importance of this is in defending what books we include in “our Bible”, and defending why certain other books are excluded. The canon of Scripture is as important as Inspiration of Scripture, because without a definite reasonable and sound argument as to why we believe these books and only these books are the whole of Scripture, we fall to the weakness of excluding books which we disagree with their teaching, or including non-inspired works which favor our religious views.

Inherent in this issue is the pressing question of why certain things are excluded. Today the Pentecostal movement has made their preaching and proclamations of new doctrine equal with Scripture, and other groups such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses do the same with their writings, and Seventh Day Adventists do the same with the works of Ellen White, and the list can go on infinitely.

Canon settles the question of what is authoritative and from God, defining the limits of what we accept as “God’s Word.”

Apocrypha – are books which first century Christians accepted as having some spiritual value, but they are not inspired of God. They were comparable John Bunyan’s “Pilgrims Progress”.

Pseudographi – The pseudo (false or fake) graphi (writings) are the books supposedly written by biblical characters which are not accepted as really being written by them.

Extras

Modules for theWord, e-Sword, MySword

  • AlexanderAuthenticity, Inspiration, & Canonical Authority of Scripture. mysword.
  • Barclay, W. – Making the Bible. mysword.
  • Bryant, R. – Inspiration and Revelation. mysword.
  • Bullinger, E.W. – How to Enjoy the Bible. mysword.
  • Griffith-Thomas, W.H. – How we got our Bible. mysword.
  • Litke, S. – How We Got the Bible. mysword.