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The concept Scripture does not exist within Scripture

The concept of a demarcated, delineated canon of Scripture, does not not exist in Scripture; the slogan “sola scriptura” is a rationalist Protestant imposition from the outside, and this slogan and methodology is a hallmark of under-educated pastors. Over its first circa 1400 years, the classical confesions of Christianity did not mention the concept of a demarcated, delineated canon of Scripture. The Councils of Nicea, Ephesus and Chalcedon never made statements such that “Books xyz belong in the Bible and the Bible is the inerrant word of God”. Why not? Partly because the thinkers were wise enough to avoid such categorical statements. Church Fathers as well as reformers such as Calvin, knew well that e.g. 2 Peter is a forgery. Not a single classical CREED of Christianity or Judaism says anything about the “Bible” or “Scripture.” The First Council of Nicaea (325 CE) stated nothing about the “Bible” or “Scripture.” The First Council of Constantinople (381 CE) stated nothing about the “Bible” or “Scripture.” The Creed of Chalcedon (451 CE) stated nothing about the “Bible” or “Scripture.” The codifier of Torah-law, Rabbi Mosheh ben Maimon (“Maimonides” also known as “The Rambam”), compiled what we call the Shloshah Asar Ikarim, the…

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WHERE was BETHLEHEM ?

In Joshua 19:10-16 we read that there was a town Bethlehem in the tribal territory of ZEBULON (the Israelite tribe Zebulon; correct transliteration: Zevulun).  This Bethlehem is situated in Galilee in the north of Israel, and should not be confused with the area Bethlehem in Judea.  The original Hebrew behind the name Bethlehem is Beit Lechem, which means "House of Bread" i.e. "Area of Food-supply" i.e. a territory fit for planting agricultural crops, especially grains such as wheat, oats, barley, rye and spelt. Joshua 19:10-16 10The third lot came out for the children of Zevulun according to their families, and the border of their inheritance was as far as Sarid. 11Their border went toward the west and to Maralah, went to Dabbasheth, and extended along the brook that is east of Jokneam. 12Then from Sarid it went eastward toward the sunrise along the border of Chisloth Tabor, and went out toward Daberath, bypassing Japhia. 13And from there it passed along on the east of Gath Hepher, toward Eth Kazin, and extended to Rimmon, which borders on Neah. 14Then the border went around it on the north side of Hannathon, and it ended in the Valley of Jiphthah El. 15Included were…

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