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Scripture studies: Diversity and Unity

Scriptures in the
Apostolic Age: 30-40 | 50 | 60 | 70 | 80 | 90 AD

1st Century Jewish LITERACY
* Luke 4:16-21 - Jesus read from Isaiah in his hometown synagogue
* John 19:19 - Many Jews read the inscriptions on Jesus' cross
* Jesus wrote on the ground (Wikipedia) from John 8:1-11
* Literacy, books, and education in the Roman Empire
    1st century AD (Wikipedia)
* Jewish Literacy (thriceholy.net)
* Jewish literacy of Jesus' time (Quora)
* Literacy in the Time of Christ and the Disciples (christianwitnessescom)
* Roman empire literacy was 5-30%, Wikipedia

OBSERVATIONS of First Century letter writing:
Besides handwritten originals of scriptures, books,
and letters, many were also carefully hand copied,
read, and saved in collections, libraries, churches.

The Jewish heritage included handwritten scriptures.
God had handwritten the law of Moses on stone
centuries before.

Many Jews during Jesus' lifetime were literate.

Patristic Period: c 100-451 or to the 8th century



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CANON TIMELINES
Choosing official sets of books and letters to comprise the Christian Bible New Testament
(i.e., the Christian biblical canons, Wikipedia) developed over time.
The same was true of the Old Testament (Wikipedia).
Also see the development of the Hebrew Bible canon.

* Many more books were written about Jesus than became part of scripture.

"Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written." John 21:25
* 50 AD - Paul began writing letters to various churches he had established
1 Thessalonians
* 60-90 AD - The Gospels and other books and letters for the New Testament were written
Matthew, Mark, Luke - the Synoptic gospels (Wikipedia)
John
* 60s AD: * By the time 2nd Peter was written, Peter was already acknowledging Paul's letters as scriptures.
"And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures." 2 Peter 3:15-16
* 70 AD - Romans destroyed the Temple at Jerusalem
Foretold by Jesus Luke 21:5-6
* 80-85 AD - Christians were expelled from Judaism. Catholicsentinel.org
Foretold by Jesus Mark 13:9

* 90 AD - The Council of Jamnia affirmed the Old Testament canon

This may have been a hypothetical council per Wikipedia
* 95 AD - John wrote The Revelation

* 110 AD - Ignatius of Antioch quoted portions of the New Testament in his writings, per StrictlyBiblical.org

OBSERVATIONS of the First Century:
Besides handwritten originals of scriptures, books, and letters, many were also carefully hand copied.
The Jewish heritage included handwritten scriptures. God had handwritten the law of Moses on stone centuries before.
Many Jews during Jesus' lifetime were literate.


OVERVIEWS:
The Pre-Reformation History of the Bible 1400 BC - 1400 AD (GreatSite.com)
Timeline: How the Bible Came To Us 51-125 AD (CatholicBridge.com)
Timeline: Bible Translation History (GreatSite.com)
Timeline: English Bible History (GreatSite.com)


Scripture studies: Diversity and Unity

Diversity to
be united
* Mt 28:19
    The great commission: Take the gospel to the Jews first,
    then to the Gentiles (non-Jews) worldwide, with groups
    as branches to be grafted in together - Rom 11:11-24
* Acts 10:28-11:18
    God's chosen people added new meaning and member
    diversity (Acts 10:34-35 and Romans 10:12-13)
* Revelation 5:9
    Jesus bought us for God out of every tribe, language,
    people, and nation


United
diversity
3 in 1
The God of scripture is three in one:
the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
Matt 28:19, Gal 4:6

Diversity,
unified
(example)
The three biographical synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark,
and Luke) are similar but different from each other, as
one would expect from three different biographers.

Diversity
of spreading
the gospel news
To groups - Acts 2, Acts 4:4
To individuals - John 3:1-21, Acts 2:39
To children, families - Luke 18:16, Acts 2:39, 1Cor 7:14

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