144: How Was the Bible Compiled?
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One of the primary tenants of the Christian faith is the authority of the Scriptures. The Bible is heavily relied upon by many people for the development of theology and doctrine as well as personal guidance and advice. But where did the Bible come from? How was this book compiled?
In this episode, Kenny makes the point that we cannot understand the Bible, and its authority, unless we understand the history surrounding the Bible. Once we understand the first century context of how these letters were written, then we can understand how and why it was compiled.
Kenny highlights the overall history of the Bible by using a fun animated narrative. Then, Kenny talks through the important moments and ecumenical councils throughout church history that solidified the ultimate compilation of Scriptures into the singular book we now call The Holy Bible.
How We Got the Bible (Timothy Paul Jones)
Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics (Norm Giesler)
The Canon of Scripture (FF Bruce)
Kenneth E. Ortiz (M.Div.) is a professor and recruiter at Bethlehem College and a pastor at Cities Church in St. Paul, MN. He has 15+ years of vocational ministry experience. He’s also a podcaster, author, and Ph.D. student. Kenneth lives in Bloomington, MN with his wife Malaina, they have one daughter.