The Historic Journey of Jehovah’s Written Word

The historic journey of the Word of God reads like a dramatic mystery novel, complete with political intrigue, brave heroes, hush money, treachery and murder.

To the sincere Christian, the Bible is not just a compilation of wise proverbs and interesting stories, but it is a priceless treasure—the words and thoughts of the Divine Creator Himself. Both the Old and New Testaments have been provided by divine revelation, and written by holy men of old who were moved by the spirit of God. (2 Peter 1:21) Christians should not only reverence the words of this incredible book, but they should also appreciate the journey that it took to arrive at this end time destination.

The journey of the Bible begins with the ancient patriarchs and prophets of the Old Testament. When the Hebrew captives returned to Palestine from Babylon, Jewish tradition holds that Ezra collected together all of the writings of Moses, the prophets and other faithful ancients.  These had been miraculously preserved throughout the turmoil of the nation’s exile.

None of the books that were written between Ezra’s time and the time of Christ—known as the Apocrypha—were considered by the Jews to be inspired. The books of the Apocrypha, included in Catholic Bibles today, are not considered inspired even by Catholic scholars; and, unlike the inspired books of the Old Testament, they were not originally written in Hebrew. In addition, the Jews rejected the Apocrypha because of many magical claims found there, such as in the book of Tobit 6:5-8: “If the Devil, or an evil spirit troubles anyone, they can be driven away by making a smoke of the heart, liver, and gall of a fish…and the Devil will smell it, and flee away, and never come again anymore.” This and many other passages throughout the Apocrypha contradict the inspired Word of God to the Hebrews.

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4 comments to The Historic Journey of Jehovah’s Written Word

  • Post Scriptum
    I still waiting for your response.

  • Jacqueline

    Hi Jani, I have the book of Enoch downloaded but never read it until now. I am on Book 1. I read chapters 1-25 today and some of the explanations. Around chapter 17 or so it starts to go contrary to the inspired accepted 66 books concerning the soul. It appears to have Greek mythology added in. It seems to me to depict that the soul does not die. For this reason I can see why the Jews would not include it as a part of the canon. I know there seems to be some additions after the first chapters by others in the first person of Enoch. Not being a scholar just an ordinary student of the Bible, I would conclude a good read for researchers but I personally do not accept the soul living on in Sheol or Hades.
    I know others will probably chime in just my little opinion. Take Care, thanks for letting us know about you and the others. Peace and the Lord be with you in your walk. Jacqueline

  • Hi,
    I am in a dialog with a group about the apocrypha. They believe that the book of Enoch are inspired. I read that book, not all, but many pages, and was clear to me, that this book is an uninspired fabrication.
    Please, let me know your opinion.

    Thank you,

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