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.

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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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