Where did the Bible come from?

Most Christians take the Bible as a given. But where did the Bible come from? Answering this question is more difficult than you may think. Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick explains. 

Where did the Bible come from?

Most Christians take the Bible as a given — it’s a big book filled with important history and theology that is critical to Christianity. And all Christians regard it as a source for doctrine and Christian identity.

But where did the Bible come from? Did it just get written down by the Prophets of the Old Testament and the Apostles of the New Testament, compiled into a single manuscript and then get sent to the printers so that everyone could have his own Bible?

No, that isn’t what happened.

Who is really brave...

On beholding the honorable contest waged by the Martyrs’ choir and the noble wrestlings they bravely undertook, thou wentest forth of thyself to the arena with manly mind, sparing not thy very flesh for the sake of thy love for God. Hence, O glorious and invincible Adrian, thou foughtest to the end thy noble struggle, and thou didst humble the foe's conceit.


Saints Adrian and his wife Natalia hailed from Nicomedia. During the second reign of Maximian (306-308), there were twenty-three Christians that he found in a cave and inflicted upon them diverse tortures. Adrian, who was twenty-eight years old and head of the praetorium, learned of

The Ten Commandments


1
I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of a house of slavery.
You shall have no other gods before me.

2
You shall not make for yourself a carved object or likeness of anything whatever is in the sky above and whatever is in the earth beneath and whatever is in the waters under the earth.

You shall not do obeisance to them, nor are you to serve them, because I am the Lord your God, a jealous god, repaying the sins of fathers upon children to the third and fourth generation to those who hate me, and doing mercy unto thousands, for those who love me and keep my ordinances.

3
You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain. For the Lord will never acquit the one who takes his name in vain.

4
Keep the day of the sabbaths to consecrate it, as the Lord your God commanded you.

Six days you shall labor and do all your labor, but on the seventh day there is Sabbata to the Lord your God; you shall not do in it any labor — you  and your son and your daughter, your male slave and your female slave, your ox and your draft animal and any animal of yours and the guest within your gates so that your male slave and your female slave may rest as well as you.

And you shall remember that you were a domestic in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a strong hand and with a high arm; therefore, the Lord your God instructed you to keep the day of the sabbaths and to consecrate it.

5
Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, so that it may be well with you and that you may be long-lived in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

6
You shall not commit adultery.

7
You shall not murder.

8
You shall not steal.

9
You shall not testify falsely against your neighbor with a false testimony.

10
You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife; you shall not covet your neighbor’s house  or his field or his male slave or his female slave or his ox or his draft animal, or any animal of his or what-ever belongs to your neighbor.

From The Septuagint

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"As the Prophets saw, as the Apostles taught, as the Church has received, as the Teachers express in dogma, as the inhabited world understands together with them, as grace illumines, as the truth makes clear, as error has been banished, as wisdom makes bold to declare, as Christ has assured, so we think, so we speak, so we preach, honoring Christ our true God, and his Saints, in words, in writings, in thoughts, in sacrifices, in churches, in icons, worshiping and revering the One as God and Lord, and honoring them because of their common Lord as those who are close to him and serve him, and making to them relative veneration. This is the faith of the Apostles; this is the faith of the Fathers; this is the faith of the Orthodox; this faith makes fast the inhabited world."
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