When one wholeheartedly begins to seek God and desires to obey His Word, the question that frequently comes to mind is, “Does the Bible contain all of God’s revelation to man or are there other books?” Some Bibles have 66 books and others have 7 additional books, so how does a person know exactly which books make up God’s Word? This study guide will help you investigate and answer such questions which have to do with the canonization of the Bible.
1. What are the “oracles of God”?
2. Who was to keep and maintain them?
3. Has God promised that those oracles would be faithfully preserved?
4. What have the Jews done to carefully transcribe the scriptures?
6. What was considered scripture when Paul wrote to Timothy?
7. Why were the books of the Bible preserved? Could man learn this knowledge on his own?
8. Who authored the scriptures? Could any man claim inspiration?
1. Jesus’ disciples wrote most New Testament books. Why would at least some of their writings be canonized?
2. Luke was not a disciple. Why would his gospel and Acts be accepted as scripture? Did he accompany an apostle?
3. Did James and Jude know Jesus well, and, therefore be able to write authoritatively?
4. Were Paul’s writings considered Scripture while Peter was still alive?
5. What is the source for Paul’s quote?
2 Peter 1:12,15 Therefore I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things [regarding entering Christ’s Kingdom], though you know them, and are established in the present truth. (15) Moreover I will be careful to ensure that you always have a reminder of these things after my decease.
7. How could Peter ensure that we would “always have a reminder of these things” after his death?