Are the Right Books in the Old Testament?

The living God has revealed Himself to the human race by means of a book—the Bible. It is a collection of writings that God has uniquely inspired. The Bible is God’s only written revelation of Himself to humanity. It tells us everything that we need to know about who He is, who we are, and how we can have a relationship with Him. The Scriptures have not come down to us in one book but rather in a collection of books. Since there were many religious and historical works written during biblical times, which books should be recognized as coming from God? Is it possible that any sacred books are missing from the Bible? Are there any books included in Holy Scripture that should not be there?
Part 1 Introduction To The Canon Of Scripture
Question 1 What Is The Canon Of Scripture?
Question 2 Why Is The Issue Of The Canon So Important?
Question 3 If God Divinely Inspired Certain Books, Then Should We Expect Them To Be Preserved?
Question 4 Why Didn’t God Give A Divinely Inspired List Of The Exact Contents Of Scripture?

Part 2 Are The Right Books In The Old Testament?
Question 5 Who Were The People Who Spoke For God During The Old Testament Period? (The Old Testament Prophets)
Question 6 How Are The Old Testament Prophets Described?
Question 7 Were All Of The Books Of The Old Testament Written By Prophets?
Question 8 How Was The Old Testament Canon Of Scripture Put Together?
Question 9 Were The Writings Of Moses Considered To Be Scripture?
Question 10 How Were Books Apart From The Writings Of Moses Determined To Be Scripture?
Question 11 When, By Whom, And Where Were The Books Of The Old Testament Finally Collected?
Question 12 What Was The Earliest Writing That Was Placed In The Old Testament Canon?
Question 13 What Criteria Were Used To Recognize Which Books Belonged In The Old Testament Canon?
Question 14 What Are Some Inadequate Criteria As To Why A Book Should Be Part Of The Old Testament Canon?
Question 15 What Were The Non-Canonical Books That Were Mentioned In The Old Testament?
Question 16 Why Was The Authority Of Certain Old Testament Books Questioned?
Question 17 Did The Sadducees Have A Different Old Testament Canon Than The Rest Of Judaism?
Question 18 What Was The Extent Of The Old Testament Canon Among The People Who Wrote The Dead Sea Scrolls?
Question 19 Why Is There A Threefold Division Of The Old Testament Canon? (Law, Prophets, Writings)
Question 20 Was The Hebrew Canon Determined After The Time Of Christ? (The Council Of Jamnia)
Question 21 Does The New Testament Quote The Old Testament As Authoritative Scripture?
Question 22 Did The New Testament Recognize A Completed Old Testament Canon Of Scripture?
Question 23 Apart From The New Testament, What Other Historical Evidence Is There For The Old Testament Canon?
Question 24 Why Do The Jews And Christians Understand The Old Testament So Differently?
Question 25 What Can We Conclude About The Old Testament Canon?

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