Exam IThe Meaning of CanonThe word "canon" is a transliteration of the Greek word kanon, which inturn came from the Hebrew word kaneh. The Hebrew Word meant a "reed," "rod," or "stick."The term kanon or rod gradually became associated with a unit of measure, just as the terms "foot" and "hand" are units of measure.As time passed it came to be used to describe the Scriptures which Christians regarded as authoritative. Contents of the Hebrew Bible (#3)Torah (law)—5 booksNevi’im (prophets)—8 booksKethubim (writings)—11 booksoThese books are called the Hebrew Bible or the Tanak.Contents of the English Old Testament (#4)The Old Testament was not written in English. It was written primarily in Hebrew and Aramaic. Our English Old Testament is a translation of the Hebrew Bible. We divide the O.T. into 5 divisions.oLaw—5 booksoHistory—12 booksoPoetry—5 books oMajor Prophets—5 booksoMinor Prophets—12 books Concepts for understanding the Authority of the BibleRevelation—A word used to describe the nature of the Bible as given by God. He has chosen to reveal Himself of make Himself known to us.Inspiration—A word used to describe the Bible as inspired or breathed by God. Inspiration comes from the Greek word Theopneustos, meaning “God breathed.” The Bible claims that “all scripture is given by inspiration of God.” (2 Tim. 3:16)Insert David DockeryCanon Formation—The Stages of Development (#6)Authoritative Utterances—God’s revelation was conveyed orally. These utterances were passed on to succeeding generations as the “word of the Lord.”Formal Written Documents—These divinely inspired words, sayings, and speeches were recorded and preserved in written form.