Who Made the Bible?
Throughout His life and ministry, Jesus never mentioned a Bible. Nor did He order the apostles to write a book or command anyone else to believe in one. During the time of the apostles, there was no Bible. Jesus founded, not a book as the basis of faith, but the Church as the “pillar and foundation of all Truth” (1 Tim. 3:15). He also promised to be with the Church until the very end of time (Mt. 28:20). He promised that the Holy Spirit would lead the apostles (and their successors) into the ‘fullness of truth’ after His ascension into Heaven (Jn. 14:16-17). Because the Church was so important to Him and to the faith, Jesus commanded the apostles that if anyone should refuse to listen to the Church to: “treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector” (Matt 18:17).
In the early centuries, before the Bible was formed, Christians believed the teaching of the apostles and their disciples as the basis of faith. The Church calls this “Holy Tradition,” which is guided by the Holy Spirit. Words such as ‘Bible’, ‘Purgatory’, ‘Trinity’, and ‘Assumption’ all come from these early Christian traditions. Later, when the Bible did come, it defended those traditions:
2 Thes. 2:15 (written by the apostle Paul) — “Therefore, brothers, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught, either by an oral statement or by a letter of ours.”
1 Cor. 11:2 (also written by the apostle Paul) — “I praise you because you remember me in everything and hold fast to the traditions, just as I handed them on to you.”
In order to defend the Church and its doctrines (formed from early tradition which have been handed down to us from the apostles of Jesus) from apostasy and error, the Church decided to select the books which seemed divinely and genuinely inspired. It is known today as the “Canon of the Bible.” Thus, the Bible came from the Catholic Church — not the other way around.
There is so much to write about the history of founding of how the Bible came to be, but for the sake of this article, here are a few quick historical fun-facts about our beloved Holy Bible. Thank You, Jesus, for helping Your Church and man co-labor to give mankind the Word of God that we love so much!
Who Made the Bible? — Fun Facts
1) In 382 AD, Pope Saint Damascus presided over the Council of Rome that determined the Canon — or official list of Sacred Scripture. He chose the Scriptures which he divinely considered genuine, ordered and divinely revealed.
2) Between 397 and 467 AD, St. Jerome — aided by the Holy Spirit — translated holy Scripture for thirty years in a cave in Bethlehem. It was called the “Latin Vulgate.“
3) When St. Jerome had finished his works, he presented it to Pope Saint Siricius who called it the “Bible,” — which means ‘collection of books.’
4) In 200 AD, Tertullian — a prolific early Christian writer — gave the term ‘New Testament’ to the New Testament of the Holy Bible. Tertullian is also the oldest extant Latin writer to use the term “trinitas” or “Trinity.”
5) Archbishop Stephen Langton and Cardinal Hugo De Caro are both credited for creating Chapters and Verses in the Holy Bible.
When was the Holy Bible Written?
The Christian Bible has two sections: the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament is the original Hebrew Bible (sacred Scriptures of both Jewish and (now) Christian faith, written at different times between about 1200 and 165 BC). The New Testament Books were written by the early Christians in the first century AD.
What are the 7 Books of the Holy Bible removed from Protestant Bibles?
The seven extra books in the Catholic Bible are: Baruch, Judith, 1 and 2 Maccabees, Sirach, Tobit and Wisdom. These books are referred to as the “deuterocanonical books.”