What to expect…
The study is organized around ten multiple choice questions. You will need to answer each one correctly to continue. (There is no score kept, so no pressure.) Each question is accompanied with a hyperlink to an article that has the answer. If you do not know the answer already, follow the link to the article to find it and then return. Though you could just find the answer quickly and come back and get through the study in a short amount of time, I recommend taking your time. Those articles are there not only to provide the answer but also to deepen the experience. I recommend reading them in full. Wrong answers will bring you to a button to come back and try again.
After each question has been answered correctly, you will find a selection of supporting articles for further reading. Read as much as possible to get the most out of this study. You could read them as you go along or bookmark them to return easily later. You might find it helpful to come back over a period of days, so that you can learn as much as possible about this important part of church history.
500 BC: Completion of All Original Hebrew Manuscripts which make up The 39 Books of the Old Testament.
200 BC: Completion of the Septuagint Greek Manuscripts which contain The 39 Old Testament Books AND 14 Apocrypha Books.
1st Century AD: Completion of All Original Greek Manuscripts which make up The 27 Books of the New Testament.
Timeline credit: greatsite.com
During the early centuries of the church many of the New Testament books were well received as Scripture. However, some books were disputed and some other texts not contained within the New Testament today vied for acceptance. As a result, different lists of texts that were regarded as Scripture developed. In time, the list of the 27 books that we know as the New Testament was officially recognized at church councils, the first being the Council of Hippo in 393 A.D.
Twenty-six years earlier, an important leader in the church had already presented a list of the books that he regarded as being “in the canon” in an Easter letter to his churches. That list was the same as the 27 books of our New Testament. He is viewed as the first to present such a list. Who was that man?
B. Eusebius of Caesarea
C. Athanasius of Alexandria
D. Justin Martyr
Find Out! (then hit your back button to return)
Church history timeline, Christianity.com
Remember! Reading the article in full will enrich your journey.
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