By God is the clue,..not by Roman Catholic
My understanding is,that it was the CHURCHES...and was the Council in Rome where they decided ...???
All those,Churches,listed in Scripture.....but only the,Roman Catholic put together the bible...amazing.
Did the monks,preserve the word and copy it..of course,...but scripture is,God breathed and no one of the CHURCHES is,responsible for declaring it...
A greater many of.
The,scriptural writings,were acknowledged by the very early Church ...and,yes,letters,PASSED AROUND..copied for that purpose..., and no not Xeroxed as some thought I was,saying..sarcastically ...
These were,previous,writings,to be shared and preserved....and I still believe there were scribes,among His,disciples ..it makes,no sense that NOT ONE PERSON wrote down His,words,...until years,later...no notes..no letters...it strains the,mind ...and is,nonsensical..
A,complete,gospel might well have been put together later using these,writings..especially with Matthew as,he was added to the group.., or Mark scribing for Peter in the early Church ...
I can't prove it..but we shall see..the thought they had nothing written at all until decades later is,foolish....and we have NO IDEA,what writings,were lost when Jerusalem...the SEAT of Christianity and Judaism..in 70 ..destroyed b y rebels,or Romans and the entire place was,GONE ..
THANK GOD,many Followers,of the,Way left ...but that doesn't mean no one or nothing was,lost in that awful time ...
But I just don't see,why it's,so important to the RCC folks,here that they believe no one wrote a,thing.during Jesus,life...and that's,nothing against the CHURCH ...I'm betting in honestly some Catholic scholars came,to the same conclusion..it only makes,sense..they tout the letters,of the disciples,of the Apostles..but there was,NOT ONE THING WRITTEN..note or letter to be made,into a,later gospel while He,lived...????? Nonsense..
I'm betting many of Jesus,followers,she were dispersed wrote also..We,May not have it a 'll preserved ...but again ..common sense should prevail ..
Anyhow....the leaders,of the CHURCHES...under GODS,inspiration put together the Canon..
I agree with much of what you say here. It's reasonable to assume that at least some of the Apostles and Disciples wrote letters or maintained some records. These would have been drawn on or referred to by people coming later to write what became the NT. Perhaps some of these writings were copied directly into some of the books. I suppose the truth of that is lost to antiquity, but it does make sense. Inspiration from the Holy Spirit would, it seems to me, be required not only for writing and passing on the various documents; but also for selecting the material to keep and the material to discard.
The Jewish Canon of what we call the OT was established after Jesus died. The Jewish officials in Israel drew from many different versions but relied most heavily on the Temple version, the Babylonian version, and the Alexandrian version (the Septuagint). The Septuagint was, of course, written in Greek. That may have been the impetus for earliest written Bibles being written in Greek since the Alexandrian Septuagint is much larger than the NT. The Catholic Canon of the OT and the NT were established by the churches in North Africa and have remained fixed since shortly before 400 AD.