What Makes The Bible Into Theology?

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Canonization is the promotion and acceptance of a text as sacred and binding. (Detweiler, 1985). The particular qualities of biblical literature which become canon are what makes the Bible into theology (Stordalen, 2007).
The word “canon” is an ancient Semitic word that, in ancient times, had come to be thought of as a standard or rule for faith and life. The books of the Old and New Testaments have long been considered canon, or “divine writings” (“Lecture 2,” 2015).
Canonization of the Bible was a varied process that occurred over a very long span of time and involved many different scholars, but it resulted in an enduring book to be studied not only as literature, but also as God’s word (“Lecture 2,” 2015). Though the Bible has endured for hundreds of years, there are were and are disagreements about what canon is and research is ongoing.
Old Testament Beginning with the Old Testament (“OT”), it is evident that there is no one answer to what is considered canon, as Protestants, Catholics and Eastern Orthodox Christians have never agreed on the extent of the OT. Protestants have accepted the current 39 books of the OT as canon since the Reformation, but our ability to actually know the reasons the Jews accepted the 39 books of Hebrew Scripture as they are currently arranged is lost in antiquity (Klein, Blomberg, Hubbard, 2004). Biblically, the basic tenet for canon is that it be inspired, “God-breathed” (2 Tim. 3:16).
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