Friday, January 29, 2010

From Scrolls to the Bible

Friday after Epiphany 3
January 29, 2010

The Lord be with you

At Lamb of God Lutheran (LCMS) we will continue our series “Puzzlers and Questions about the Bible” in our adult Sunday Bible study this coming Sunday. In this series we simply address questions people have submitted. The following question is the one we will consider this Sunday:

“Are the letters of Paul arranged in chronological order in the Bible? If so, I have a question: In Philemon, Demas is one of Paul’s “fellow workers.” But in 2 Timothy Demas left Paul, yet Timothy’s letter is before Philemon in the Bible. So, what happened? If the books are not chronological … never mind.”

The simple answer to this question is, “No, the books of the Bible are not arranged in chronological order.” As the person has given me permission to skip the question if the answer is “no,” I thought about doing just that. However I have decided to address a related question. “Why are the books of the Bible arranged in the order we have them.” I will also give a history of the transmission of the biblical text. This lesson, therefore, is not strictly a “Bible study.” It is more a study about the Bible. However, we will be looking up some passages.

The name of the study is “From Scrolls to the Bible.”

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor John Rickert

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