posted on Nov, 17 2008 @ 10:21 PM
In putting together the Bible, the bishops had to consider which documents were being used by churches to teach Christianity and whether they should
be used as a universal religous book or not. What's in the Bible is only a selection of books... it's kind of like making a Special Library (Bible)
out of just 66 of the (5,000) books in my house.
The Torah ("Old Testament") was included because it was believed that Jesus read it. There are a few editing changes between the Torah and the
Bible (google for the differences and you'll see them.) SOME of the letters of the disciples were included and some popular tales. At the time,
there was a lot of material and a lot of forgeries around.
The Protestant Bible removes the Apocrypha (books that had been used in many churches but didn't quite make the cut to "official." They're
"semi-official.") but they're found in the Catholic Bible. The Catholic Bible and Protestant Bible have slightly different versions of the 10
Commandments (the Catholic Bible reflects the way it was originally stated.)
Check around for "letters of the early Church Fathers" to get some sense of what was being read and taught. It took 100 years or so to compile the
Bible, and there were lots and lots and lots of fights about things like whether Jesus was god or Jesus was the son of god or both and whether the
trinity was a correct doctrine.
It's obscure and sometimes dull reading -- look for summaries and then go read the ones you find interesting. Look for original translations to
check the validity of the summaries.