Themed Study

Formation of the Biblical Canon

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Who decided which writings would be in the Bible? When were these decisions made? Is Jewish scripture included in the Bible? What was the original language used to record the Bible?

These questions and more are addressed in this two-session study. It can be used to facilitate rich conversation among folk who are trying to learn more about scripture. It can also be used as a companion or addendum to any other Yale Bible Study materials.

The Bible can be somewhat difficult to access. Understanding how specific writings were chosen for inclusion as well as a bit about how some writings were skipped should help. The professors point to a breadth of history and philosophy which provides context for this amazing literature which is as important and inspirational today as it was in the centuries during which is was written.

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