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The latest Men's NetWork Bible study, Lost Books?, is a four-part study hosted by Rev. Gregory Seltz, the Speaker of The Lutheran Hour. Expert commentary by Drs. Paul Maier, Jeffrey Kloha, Randall Price, and Joel Lampe address issues of why some books made it into the Bible and others didn't. Who decided what should be included as Scripture? What factors determined which texts were thought to be God-inspired and which were deemed less so? How did this whole process take place and where and when did it occur?
Are these questions important? Absolutely! With worldwide hits like The Da Vinci Code and commercial and cable networks cranking out programs on cracking cryptic codes and unburying ancient secrets, the interest in knowing what the past has to say is running high. As a result, the popular upsurge in topics like biblical inerrancy, Gnosticism, alternative Gospels, divine inspiration, and the lesser-known sayings of Jesus have people asking questions.
Often, these questions are directed to believers, putting them at a loss to answer those who wonder why the Bible should be believed over other ancient writings. In fact, many Christians have the same questions themselves. In Lost Books? the Men's NetWork will explore the fascinating and cryptic world of the apocrypha, pseudepigrapha, and the Nag Hammadi codices. It will take a look at texts with names like Pseudo-Matthew, the Protoevangelium of James, the Gospel of Judas, and the ever-popular Gospel of Thomas. It will show why the 66 books of the Bible are considered the inerrant Word of God: a trustworthy cover-to-cover revelation from God to man.
For more information, go to the Men's NetWork Bible study page.
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