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Formation of the Old Testament The four stages of the development of the canon: I. Authoritative Utterances Words inspired by God Exod. 24:3-4 II. Authoritative Documents Deut. 31:24-26, Josh. 1:8 Well known authors: Moses; Prophets Isaiah, Hosea, Amos, etc.; David Psalms; Solomon Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon; Ezra; Nehemiah, cf. NT: Acts 1:21-22 The Text textual criticism your English Bible is a combination of the oldest and best copies of each book scribes counted the verses and totaled them at the end of the book, counted words and marked the halfway point, marginal masora, etc. until Qumran (1947) the oldest Hebrew mss of the OT were 10th century A.D. (Pentateuch) after Qumran we have manuscripts from 2 nd & 3 rd centuries B.C., this gives us confidence that the OT was preserved very carefully (more than 1,000 years closer) The Versions Translated into other languages so they could read the Word of God LXX ca. 250 B.C.
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