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Unformatted text preview: Discussion: Explain "How the First Christian Books Were Written, Preserved, and Collected." In the beginning of writing the Bible, Christians were slow in compiling their reflections and experiences. This lays primarily in the fact that most Jews/Christians during this time were highly eschatological (eschatology = the study of end times). Due to this belief that the end of the world was nearing, many did not see the need to record the happenings of the life of Jesus. After all, who would be around to read it if the world ended? They believed this because of things stated by Paul in 1 Corinthians . . .Come, O Lord (16:22) and John in Revelation Yes, I am coming soon. (20:22) When the people finally began to record events, they came mostly in the form of letters. Letters were used because they delivered a message directly and were prompt in receiving responses. Each of the letters written by Paul (1 Thessalonians, Galatians, Philippians, Philemon, First and Second Corinthians,...
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- Spring '11