The Holy Scripture
We also believe that the Holy Scripture is the divinely inspired Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16). It is the story in which God reveals His love for man throughout the history of mankind.
The Old Testament tells of the history of that revelation from Creation through the Age of the Prophets. It contains 39 books which are divided into five sections: the books of History, book of the Law, the books of poetry and Wisdom, and the books of prophesy).
The New Testament records the birth and life of Jesus Christ, sets forth the writings and works of His Apostles, and documents the history of the early Church. The New Testament books contain 27 main books, which were written from about 50 to 95 A.D.
The Coptic Orthodox Church prefers the Septuagint (LXX) for the Old Testament and a literal translation of the Greek Textus Receptus, such as the New King James Version, for the New Testament.
The earliest writings of all the New Testament books as we know them today is found in the 33rd Canon of a local council held at the city of Carthage in 318 AD. and in the Paschal Letter of St. Athanasius of Alexandria in 367 AD. A local council, probably held in Rome at 382, set forth a complete list of the canonical books of both the Old and New Testaments.
The Scriptures are at the very heart of Orthodox worship and devotion. Its verses are declared in each of its sacraments, memorized and inscribed on the hearts of its people.
- The Canonization of ScriptureI. Which Version of the Old Testament? Today, it is very common to know the list of Bible books “down pat” among Evangelicals – our kids sing songs in Bible School, etc. Every Bible keeps the books in the same order, and divides the Old Testament nicel …
- On the Use of the Septuagint in the New TestamentOne of the reasons why the Orthodox Church utilizes the Septuagint—which is is a much older and more accurate translation of the Old Testament that was compiled a thousand years before the Masoretic text found in most Bibles today—is becaus …
- The Deuterocanonical BooksSome Christians gave the word Apocrypha to the following books that have been omitted from the Protestant publications of the Holy Bible. They are, in order: Tobit Judith Sequel of Esther Wisdom of Solomon Wisdom of Joshua, Son of Sirach Baruch Sequel …