Overview and Objectives

Lesson Overview

Numerous documents record and explain God’s dealings with His people. The long careful process of recognizing which of these documents to include in God’s divinely inspired record is – obviously – an important one. This lesson surveys that process. Because of their enormous contribution to the canonization process, a study of the Dead Sea Scrolls is included in this lesson.

Lesson Objectives

When you complete this lesson, you should be able to do the following:

  • Define “canon” and explain the meaning of the definition.
  • Describe the process of forming the Old Testament canon.
  • Name and describe the role and importance of the Apocrypha.
  • Explain what the Dead Sea Scrolls are and describe their contribution.
  • Increase your personal confidence in the validity of the Old Testament as God’s self-revelation.
Personal Reflection

As you proceed through this lesson have the following question in mind.
Read at least one work from the Apocrypha and one from Old Testament Pseudepigrapha. Search the Internet or Bible reference tools to learn more about the Old Testament Apocrypha. After reading from the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, select one book and reflect on the main characters, theme, and plot of the book. How is the book different from an English Old Testament book? Similar? What did you learn from reading the book?

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