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Saturday, December 27, 2008

BIBLE Study Magazine

Thanks to Ft. Gregory's blog(Koinonia) post, I found this website about the Bible Study Magazine.

It's a chart that shows some of the different books in various canons.

What's in Your Bible? Find out at

As seen from the webpage:

"Jews and Christians throughout the centuries have produced
bibles that vary in content and organization. This chart is a sampling of the
different bibles used today.
Protestant Reformers like Martin Luther doubted
canonicity* Canon: (kanōn; κανών) comes from the Greek word for
“reed” or “rod,” used as a straight edge or ruler for measurement. In biblical
studies, when we talk about a canon, we mean that list of books that a community
considers both authoritative and inspired. Canonical books form the standard
against which other writings, doctrines and practices are measured.
of the Apocrypha*Apocrypha: Jerome, the translator of the early Latin
Bible, maintained a distinction between those books he considered canonical and
the non-canonical books that should be read for the edification of the church.
With some modification, this list of edifying books is sometimes called the
“Apocrypha.” Other theologians, such as the influential Augustine, did not
maintain this distinction, and were more inclusive in their canon lists.
, but when Luther prepared his translation of the
Bible into German, he did not remove the Apocrypha; he simply moved those books
to an appendix. This tradition continues in many European bibles.
English were the first group of people to remove the Apocrypha altogether. In
1599, an edition of the Geneva Bible was published without the Apocrypha. In
1615, during the reign of King James the First, George Abbot, the Archbishop of
Canterbury, declared the penalty for printing a Bible without the Apocrypha to
be a year in prison! But over the next three centuries the growing influence of
Puritans and Presbyterians over the populace, the government, and the British
and Foreign Bible Society led to a strong tradition of printing bibles
containing only 66 books.
The situation today reflects this bifurcation. The
bibles used by many European Protestants, as well as the Anglican Church, still
include the Apocrypha. Most other English-speaking Protestant churches have
bibles without the Apocrypha.

Related Links:

Dead Sea Scrolls Bible

A reflected Egyptian Bible

Answering a question about the Ethiopian Canon

Sola Scriptura & the Canons of scripture

When did the Jews(nonbelieving) "officially" reject the Deuterocanon?

The myth of the closed canon of 70 - 90 A.D.

The Letter of Aristeas and it's ussage of the word "LAW"

The Formation of the Scriptures

Pygmies, Unicorns, Griffon, Basilisk, the Phoenix, Natural History and the "re-interpretation of scripture"

Differences in Sola Fide and Sola Scriptura

Economics, Calvinism & the Demise of the Deuterocanon in Protestant Bibles

Early Protestant Bibles with 80 books (39 Old Test. + 14 Apocrypha + 27 New Test)

Speaking Of Sola Scriptura



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