Home
Search Bible
Click for Help   Click for QuickNav   Click for Advanced Search Options
Search KJV
KJVNKJVNLTNIVESVCSBNASB
Version Selector Up Arrow NETRSVASVYLTDBYWEBHNV
RVR60VULWLCLXXmGNTTR  
Version Selector Down Arrow

Search a pre-defined list


OR Select a range of biblical books

From:

To:


OR Custom Selection:

Use semicolons to separate groups:
'Gen;Jdg;Psa-Mal' or 'Rom 3-12;Mat 1:15;Mat 5:12-22'

Your Bible Version is the KJV
Version Selector Up Arrow
KJV King James Version
NKJV New King James Version
NLT New Living Translation
NIV New International Version
ESV English Standard Version
CSB Christian Standard Bible
NASB New American Standard Bible
NET New English Translation
RSV Revised Standard Version
ASV American Standard Version
YLT Young's Literal Translation
DBY Darby Translation
WEB Webster's Bible
HNV Hebrew Names Version
RVR60 Reina-Valera 1960
VUL Latin Vulgate
WLC Westminster Leningrad Codex
LXX Septuagint
Go to Top
Link to This PageCite This Page
Version Selector Up Arrow
Version Selector Up Arrow

Cite this page

MLA format Copy link to clipboard

Note: MLA no longer requires the URL as part of their citation standard. Individual instructors or editors may still require the use of URLs.

APA format Copy link to clipboard
Chicago format Copy link to clipboard
Close
Share this pageFollow the BLB
Version Selector Up Arrow

Share this page using one of these tools:

facebooktwitter

googlepluspinterest

reddittumblrlinkedin


Or email this page to a friend:

Version Selector Up Arrow

Follow the Blue Letter Bible on:

facebooktwitter

pinterestgoogle+


Or subscribe to our Newsletter:

Printable Page
 
 
Choose a new font size and typeface

Customize your font sizeIncrease your font sizeDecrease your font sizeReturn to default font size

Choose a Bible text color
Read the Bible in blackRead the Bible in dark blueRead the Bible in blue

Customize your text type
Arial font
Trebuchet MS font
Georgia font
Times New Roman font

Customize your Hebrew text type
SBL Hebrew font
Times New Roman font
Arial font

Customize your Greek text type
Gentium font
Times New Roman font
Arial font

Close font preferences
The Blue Letter Bible
BLB Searches
Search the Bible
Search KJV
KJVNKJVNLTNIVESVCSBNASB
Version Selector Up Arrow NETRSVASVYLTDBYWEBHNV
RVR60VULWLCLXXmGNTTR  
Version Selector Down Arrow
 [?]

Advanced Options

Search a pre-defined list


OR Select a range of biblical books

From:

To:


OR Custom Selection:

Use semicolons to separate groups: 'Gen;Jdg;Psa-Mal' or 'Rom 3-12;Mat 1:15;Mat 5:12-22'

LexiConc
 [?]
 

Advanced Options

Exact Match
Beginning of the Word
Any Part of the Word
Theological FAQs
 [?]
 
Multi-Verse Retrieval
x
Search KJV
KJVNKJVNLTNIVESVCSBNASB
Version Selector Up Arrow NETRSVASVYLTDBYWEBHNV
RVR60VULWLCLXXmGNTTR  
Version Selector Down Arrow

Line-By-Line Order:
Line-By-Line Verse-Reference  Verse-Reference
Line-By-Line Reference-Verse  Reference-Verse
Line-By-Line Separate Line  Separate Line
Line-By-Line Verse Only  Verse Only
Line-By-Line Reference Only  Reference Only
Reference Delimiters:
No Reference Delimiters  None — Jhn 1:1 KJV
Square Reference Delimiters  Square — [Jhn 1:1 KJV]
Curly Reference Delimiters  Curly — {Jhn 1:1 KJV}
Parenthesis Reference Delimiters  Parens — (Jhn 1:1 KJV)
Paragraph Order:
Paragraph Verse-Reference  Verse-Reference
Paragraph Reference-Verse  Reference-Verse
Paragraph Reference-Only  Reference-Only
Number Delimiters:*
No Verse Numbers  No Number
No Verse Delimeters  No Delimiter — 15
Square Verse Delimiters  Square — [15]
Curly Verse Delimiters  Curly — {15}
Parenthesis Verse Delimiters  Parens — (15)
Other Options:
Abbreviate Books  Abbreviate Books
Quotes Around Verses  Quotes around Verses
Remove Square Brackets  Remove Square Brackets
 
Sort Canonically  Sort Canonically

* 'Number Delimiters' only apply to 'Paragraph Order'

Let's Connect
x

Connect on Facebook Connect on Twitter Connect on Instagram Connect on Pinterest Connect on YouTube

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Daily Devotionals
x

Blue Letter Bible offers several daily devotional readings in order to help you refocus on Christ and the Gospel of His peace and righteousness.

Daily Bible Reading Plans
x

Recognizing the value of consistent reflection upon the Word of God in order to refocus one’s mind and heart upon Christ and His Gospel of peace, we provide several reading plans designed to cover the entire Bible in a year.

One-Year Plans

Two-Year Plan

Don Stewart :: What Are Some of the Inadequate Reasons Why a Book Would Be Part of the Old Testament Canon?

Don Stewart

There have been a number of inadequate reasons that have been put forward as to why a book was included in the Old Testament canon. They include the following.

1. Did It Agree With The Torah? (Law Of Moses)

It has been argued that any work that would be placed in the canon of the Old Testament must be in agreement with the teaching in the Law of Moses. Obviously any book that was divinely inspired would be true in all that it said. In addition, it would not contradict anything that God had previously revealed. However, the mere fact that a book agrees with the Law of Moses is not enough by itself to be part of the Old Testament canon. There were other books written in the ancient world that agreed with the truth of Moses' writings that were not placed in the Old Testament canon.

2. Did The Writings Contain Ancient Information About Israel?

For a book to become part of the Old Testament canon it is not enough that it contains ancient information about God's chosen people, the nation Israel. Many books, that are not part of Holy Scripture, contained ancient information about Israel and their dealings with other nations. Even if an ancient book brings us information about Israel's history this is still not enough for it to be considered canonical.

3. Has The Work Been Read And Valued By God's People For A Long Time?

While one of the tests of divinely inspired Scripture is the fact that God's people read it and value it highly this is not enough by itself. It is possible for a book to be read and highly valued by the people of God without assuming the work to be divinely inspired.

4. Were They Written In Hebrew?

Another inadequate test is a book written in the Hebrew language. While all thirty-nine books of the Old Testament were originally written in either Hebrew or Aramaic this fact alone would not make it part of the Old Testament canon. There were other ancient books that were written in Hebrew that did not qualify to be canonical.

5. Were They Written By Men Of God?

While men of God wrote the books of Scripture, this does not mean that everything that a prophet or a man of God wrote would be placed into Holy Scripture. For example, Solomon spoke many proverbs and wrote many songs.

He spoke three thousand proverbs and his songs numbered a thousand and five (1 Kings 4:32,33).

Yet many of them did not find their way into Scripture.

We are told that the prophet Isaiah recorded the acts of Uzziah.

Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, first to last, the prophet Isaiah, the son of Amoz, has written (2 Chronicles 26:22).

Yet this did not become part of Holy Scripture. Therefore not every thing that was written from an acknowledged prophet, or a man of God, became part of the Old Testament canon.

All Of This Is Not Enough

Even if a book met all the above criteria, it was written in Hebrew, agreed with the Law of Moses, contained new information about the nation Israel, and had been read and valued for a long time by the Hebrew people, this would still be not enough for it to be placed in the Old Testament canon of Scripture. From the Old Testament itself we find a number of ancient sources that are mentioned. These books were undoubtedly written in Hebrew and contained valuable information for God's people. Yet that would not be enough to be included in the canon.

Divine Inspiration Is The Key

What is necessary for a book to be in the Old Testament canon of Scripture is divine inspiration. A book must be more than historically accurately - God must divinely inspire it. Therefore God's authority must be behind any book for it to be placed in the Old Testament canon of Scripture. The Bible says that God supernaturally spoke through human authors to let humanity how to behave and what to believe. This resulted in a permanent form of revelation - the Old Testament Scriptures.

Summary

While we do not know the exact criteria as to why certain books were placed in the Old Testament canon there are a number of criteria that would not have been sufficient. There mere fact that a book was ancient, agreed with the Law of Moses, was written in Hebrew, contained helpful information, and was valued by God's people, is not enough. The books must have been divinely inspired by God to be placed into the Old Testament canon of Scripture.

CONTENT DISCLAIMER:

The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry.

Search

Bible Search

Multiverse Retrieval

LexiConc Search

FAQ Search

Browse Dictionary Topics

Bible Reference

Encyclopedias / Dictionaries

Introductions to the Bible

Topical Indexes

Charts and Outlines

Timelines

Maps / Images

Bible Commentaries

Text Commentaries

Audio & Video Commentaries

Theological Resources

Articles / Books

Women's Resources

Don Stewart

BLB Theological

Creeds, Catechisms, and Confessions

Multimedia

Video

Music

Products

Digital Books

Mobile Apps for iPhone / iPad

Mobile blb.org

BLB Offline CDs

Free Web Tools

Devotionals

Email Devotional Sign-Up

BLB Daily Promises

Day by Day by Grace

Morning and Evening

Daily Bible Reading Plan

Help

Video Tutorials

Support

Theological Questions

Website Support

iApp Support

General Questions

Ministries

Sowing Circle

Co-Laboring Ministries

About

About the BLB

Statement of Faith

History

Newsletter

Partnerships

Ministry FAQs

Donate

Donation Information

Contact the BLB

Hotjar - Unlimited insights from your web and mobile sites


BLB Institute

BLB Blog

Email Newsletters

Facebook

Twitter


Blue Letter Bible study tools make reading, searching and studying the Bible easy and rewarding.

Blue Letter Bible is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

©2017 Blue Letter Bible

Loading...

Interlinear
Bibles
Cross-Refs
Commentaries
Dictionaries
Miscellaneous
Verse Tools Arrow
Login

Email / username or password was incorrect!

Check your email for password retrieval

Enter Your
Email or Username

Password

 [?]

 

Did you forget your password?


Register a new BLB account

Why won't my login from the old site work?

Complete the form below to register  [?]

Error: That Email is already registered

Error: Please provide a valid Email

Error: Passwords should have at least 6 characters

Error: Passwords do not match

Error: Please provide a valid first name

Error: That username is already taken

Error: Usernames should only contain letters, numbers, dots, dashes, or underscores

Enter Your EmailUsername

First Name

PasswordRe-enter

[ Cancel ]

 

Passwords should have at least 6 characters.
Usernames should only contain letters, numbers, dots, dashes, or underscores.

Thank you for registering. A verification email has been sent to the address you provided.

Error: That Email / Username is not registered

Enter Your Email or Username

 

Return to Login

Close Login