The Formation of the Scriptural Canon

How was the canon of the Scriptures determined? Who decided what books go into the Bible?

A talk by Bishop Mark Maymon, Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest, of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America given on Saturday, May 13, 2006 at the public library in Coralville, Iowa:

Another lecture by Bishop Mark on the same topic can be viewed here (with better sound, but poorer picture).


2 Responses to The Formation of the Scriptural Canon

  1. James says:

    It saddens me the good Bishop left the Church because of some poor catechesis and “lack of theology” as a child. The Spirit of Vatican II was poorly misunderstood by some of the faithful and the fallout resulted in the Bishop’s experience which caused him to leave. His experience doesn’t change the fact that the Church is the Church. Yes, he’s in valid orders and a real Church as an Orthodox bishop. But unity resides in being in union with St. Peter. Some day, God willing, Orthodox and Catholic will once again have this unity. Ut Unum Sint!!

  2. orthocath says:

    Thanks, James, for stopping by and for your comments. Each of us have our own unique spiritual journey as Bishop Mark’s journey testifies. For an Orthodox take on what unity should encompass, I’d suggest Fr. Laurent Cleenewerck’s book His Broken Body. Not everyone will agree with all his conclusions, but it’s worth the read, in my opinion.

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