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Which books are considered to be canonical?

Are the books in the Protestant Bible the only truly inspired writings?

A biblical canon or canon of scripture is a list of texts (or "books") which a particular religious community regards as authoritative scripture.

The word "canon" comes from the Greek, meaning "rule" or "measuring stick".

The King James Version contains the Protestant canon - those books that protestants consider to be written by inspiration of God.

The Old Testament canon is the same as that of the Jews.

Book

Writer and approximate date

OLD TESTAMENT

Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy

Moses - 1400 B.C. (Genesis of which Moses was not an eyewitness could have been compiled from material written from Adam onwards and passed down through Noah, Shem and Abraham – whether authored or compiled it was still written by inspiration).

Joshua

Joshua with a portion by Phinehas or Eleazar - 1350 B.C.

Judges, Ruth, 1+2 Samuel

Samuel/Nathan/Gad - 1000 - 900 B.C.

1+2 Kings

Jeremiah - 600 B.C. (Compilation?)

1+2 Chronicles

Ezra - 450 B.C. (Compilation?)

Ezra

Ezra - 450 B.C

Nehemiah

Nehemiah

Esther

Mordecai - 400 B.C.

Job

Moses - 1400 B.C.

Psalms

Mostly David - also Asaph, Sons of Korah, Moses, Heman the Ezrahite, Ethan the Ezrahite and Solomon 1000 - ? B.C.

Proverbs

Solomon, Agur, Lemuel- 900 B.C.

Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon

Solomon - 900 B.C

Isaiah

Isaiah - 700 B.C.

Jeremiah, Lamentations

Jeremiah - 600 B.C.

Ezekiel

Ezekiel - 550 B.C.

Daniel

Daniel - 550 B.C.

Hosea

Hosea - 750 B.C.

Joel

Joel - 850 B.C.

Amos

Amos - 750 B.C.

Obadiah

Obadiah - 600 B.C.

Jonah

Jonah - 700 B.C.

Micah

Micah - 700 B.C.

Nahum

Nahum - 650 B.C.

Habakkuk

Habakkuk - 600 B.C.

Zephaniah

Zephaniah - 650 B.C.

Haggai

Haggai - 520 B.C.

Zechariah

Zechariah - 500 B.C.

Malachi

Malachi - 430 B.C.

NEW TESTAMENT

Matthew

Matthew - A.D. 55

Mark

John Mark - A.D. 50

Luke

Luke - A.D. 60

John

John - A.D. 90

Acts

Luke - A.D. 65

Romans,1+2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1+2 Thessalonians, 1+2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon

Paul - A.D. 50-70

Hebrews

Unknown, mostly likely Paul - A.D. 65

James

James - A.D. 45

1+2 Peter

Peter - A.D. 60

1,2+3 John

John - A.D. 90

Jude

Jude - A.D. 60

Revelation

John - A.D. 96

You might like to read:

The Divine Origin of the Bible

https://www.thisisyourbible.com/index.php?page=library&task=show&mediaid=160

The Miracle of the Bible

https://www.thisisyourbible.com/index.php?page=library&task=show&mediaid=149

For more information on the canon of scripture go here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biblical_canon

I hope you find this helpful.

God bless,

Glenn

 
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