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How Were the Books of the Bible Chosen?
Christians claim the Bible is the Word of God, that it is the final authority in all matters relating to Christian faith and practice, and that it is absolutely reliable in all that it teaches. But to put such confidence in the Bible requires that the correct books are in the Bible. But is there? Why are the 66 books in the Bible in the Bible, and why were other books that could have been included not included?
This subject is very important but also complicated, so complicated that it takes three volumes to fully cover it. That is done in my newly updated three-volume set Why Are These Books in the Bible and Not Others?
Volume One studies the books included in the Old Testament (OT) and considers other books that could have been included in it but were not. Volume Two covers the books included in the New Testament (NT). Volume Three looks at the writings of the Apostolic Fathers, some of which were seriously considered for inclusion in the NT. It will also investigate other writings that many wonder why they are not included in the NT.
PRICE DROP! The price for each of these three books has been dropped, so that each Kindle eBook now only costs $2.99. That means, you can purchase all three books for less than $10.00. See How Were the Books of the Bible Chosen? (3 book series).
The costs of the other formats have also been dropped accordingly. Follow this link for those other formats.
It has been a while since I counted the number of webpages on my various websites. The webpage counts are as follows:
Darkness to Light Christian Ministry: 1,208 webpages
Fitness for One and All: 1,038 webpages
Biblical and Constitutional Politics: 319 webpages
Zeolla.org (my personal website): 3 webpages
is mainly a “gateway” to the other three. That is why there are a couple of
pages on it besides the home page. But altogether, that is 2,569 webpages, all
free for the reading.
Vol. XXI, No. 5 is a new issue of Darkness to Light Newsletter.
Politics, and Christians is a new article.
Christians need to stay
informed on the news and politics in order to pray and respond appropriately.
Additional Analytical-Literal Translation Books Updates
These four books are all related to the Analytical-Literal Translation of the New Testament (ALT: NT). The subtitle of the first book is “Volume Seven of the ALT.” That is because these books by the Apostolic Fathers are sort of an appendix to the NT.
The second book is a Devotional Version of the ALT: NT. This is an easier to read version of the ALT: NT, in that the bracketed explanatory materials included within the text of the ALT are placed in footnotes.
The third book is a Companion Volume to the ALT. It provides explanations for the unique translations seen in the ALT: NT and can serve as a primer on Greek grammar.
The fourth book a Complete Concordance to the ALT. It lists all occurrences of most words in the ALT: NT.
The first three of these volumes are available in a “Regular” (8-1/2” x 11”) size and a “Personal” (6”x9”) size. The last is only available in the 8-1/2” x 11” size. All four volumes are also available in various eBook formats (Kindle, PDF, ePUB) and have been updated as of 2023, except for the hardcopy versions of the Concordance, as technical difficulties prevented them from being updated. However, their costs on Amazon have been dropped considerably.
Vol. XXI, No. 4 is a new issue of Darkness to Light Newsletter.
ALT Bible Commentary Sample
is a new article.
A detailed discussion on
Matthew Chapter One.
All five volumes of the Analytical-Literal Translation of the Old Testament (ALT) are now available in a variety of formats, all at reduced prices. All five volumes are now available in paperback and hardback in both the Regular (8-1/2”x11”) size and a new 6” x 9” Personal size, plus in three eBook formats: Kindle, PDF, and ePUB (for iPad, Nook, etc.).
Note that this version of the ALT:
OT published in 2023 is a corrected text, not a full
new edition. Only minor corrections have been made, plus the appendixes and covers have been
The three books in my series
on Sex and the Bible have been updated.
The text is mostly the same, except to update the covers and appendixes and to
correct a few minor typos. Also, an Epilogue was added to the final book. These
three books look in-depth at what the Bible has to say on sexual types of
relationships and related issues. By this is meant: dating, premarital sex,
marriage, divorce, remarriage, marital sex, extramarital sex, homosexuality,
transsexualism, abortion, birth control, and much more.
The Analytical-Literal Translation of the New Testament: Third Edition (ALT3) is now available in a variety of formats, all at reduced prices. It is now available in paperback and hardback in the Regular (8-1/2”x11”) size, a new 6” x 9” Personal size, and in Small Print and Large Print versions, plus in three eBook formats: Kindle, PDF, and ePUB (for iPad, nook, etc.).
Note that this version of ALT3 published in 2023 is a corrected text, not a full
new edition. Only minor corrections have been made, such as correcting the
well-known mistake in Matthew 8:20, plus the appendixes and covers have been
Uplifting Apps and Podcasts: Part Two is a new article. Christian apps and podcasts to uplift your spirit.
Vol. XXI, No.
3 is a new issue of Darkness to Light
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