The History of the Catholic Church

Chapter 3: The Canon of Scripture


The Canon of Scripture


Film Focus: This edition of Three-Minute Theology discusses how the Catholic Church formed the canon of the Sacred Scripture.


Text Focus: Pgs. 85-86 93-94


Discussion Questions:


1.   What does the word “canon” mean? How does this word relate to the books in the

Sacred Scriptures?

2.  What criteria did the Jewish scholars use to create their canon?

3.  Which council definitively listed the canon as Catholics know it today? How many books did they list in the Old Testament? In the New Testament?

4.  Why do Protestant Bibles have different books than the Catholic Bible?

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