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Overview of the Bible

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  1. Overview of the Bible

  2. Revelation in the Bible • Scripture is about Revelation • Old (First) Testament – God unveiled in nature, prophets, history • New (Second) Testament – God unveiled through Jesus

  3. How Was the Bible Composed • Oral tradition • Eventually written • 73 separate writings • Written in Rome, Turkey, Greece, Persia, Egypt • Written in three different languages • Suptuigent in 275 BCE • Canon in 4th century • Vulgate in 382 CE

  4. Divinely Inspired • What does this mean? • From Latin, inspirare (to breath into) • Divine and human authorship • Scripture has normative (binding) character • Foundation of faith • Lived experience of God

  5. Rise of Canon • Parallel rise of Magisterium • Normative texts means normative interpreter • 200 year process • Criteria to make it into canon: • Useful for liturgy • Apostolic • First century