A Defining Moment: Supplemental Monograph #1
In prior studies the author sought a deepened understanding of this sacred book by inquiring into its origins. See How the Bible Came to Be. This monograph is a sequel and supplement to these prior studies. Its focus is the "defining moment" when the many scriptures of the Christian Bible were initially published in a one-volume book. The "prevailing views" on this matter are set forth in the Prologue. The author has raised questions about these views in prior writings - and does so again because the issues at stake are important ones for interpreting what the Bible is and means.
Excerpts: "The oldest large one-volume Bibles, Codex Vaticanus and Sinaiticus, are usually dated to the fourth century. Many think this is when one-volume Bibles of this kind were first published. A closer look at these Bibles raises doubts about this assumption."
"Constantine's letter in 332 CE requesting 'fifty volumes ... of the Divine Scriptures' for the new churches of Constantinople suggests a taken-for-granted tradition of having Bibles like this in every church."
"One-volume Bibles of this size and complexity do not get created, accepted and used without someone, somewhere taking the initiative. Ancient texts point to a conclave in Rome in the middle of the second century as the setting in which this occurred."
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