” There are a number of important considerations that must be kept in mind when considering the issue of canonicity or how the books of the Bible came to be recognized and held to be a part of the Bible. It was not necessary to wait until various councils could examine the books to determine if they were acceptable or not. Therefore, we cannot expect any more books to be discovered or written that would open the canon again and add to its sixty-six books.Their canonicity was inherent within them, since they came from God. Even if a letter of Paul were discovered, it would not be canonical.(c) Minute statistics were also kept as a further means of guarding against errors: in the Hebrew Bible at Leviticus 8:8, the margin has a reference that this verse is the middle verse of the Torah. the word darash is the middle word in the Torah, and at we are assured that the waw in a Hebrew word there is the middle letter.

To ensure this accuracy, later scribes known as the Masoretes developed a number of strict measures to ensure that every fresh copy was an exact reproduction of the original.

They established tedious procedures to protect the text against being changed.

The Hebrew Bible of today is substantially the same as the original writings, with only physical changes like the addition of vowel pointings, reading aids in the margins, and a change to a more open form of the letters, etc.

In Romans 3:2 we are told that the “oracles of God,” the Old Testament Scripture, had been entrusted to the Jews; they were to be the custodians of the Old Testament.

Historically, the word was first used by the church of those doctrines that were accepted as the rule of faith and practice.

The term came to be applied to the decisions of the Councils as rules by which to live.In this we see something of the painstaking procedures the Jews went through to assure the accurate transmission of the text. Until the sensational discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947 we did not possess copies of the Old Testament earlier than A. Indeed, the Masoretes (traditionalists) who between A. The church fathers accepted the thirty-nine books of the Old Testament. However, he did acknowledge that they were not fully authoritative. This declared it was therefore God’s authoritative Word. Our English Bible is a translation of this Hebrew text which has been handed down to us. 10:1-3; 11:7), they have guarded its transmission with great accuracy. D 600 and 950 added accents and vowel points and in general standardized the Hebrew text, devised complicated safeguards for the making of copies (as described above) … 90), was a teaching house of rabbis who discussed canonicity. The books of the Apocrypha were not officially recognized as part of the canon until the Council of Trent (A. Christ’s statement in Matthew about the blood (murder) of Abel to the blood of Zechariah clearly defined what Jesus viewed as the Old Testament canon. For instance, (a) when obvious errors were noted in the text, perhaps because a tired scribe nodded, the text was still not changed.Instead, a correction was placed in the margin called qere, “to be read,” and that which was written in the text was called, kethibh, “to be written.” (b) When a word was considered textually, grammatically, or exegetically questionable, dots were placed above that word.These are obviously vital questions for the people of God to determine.