Episode 1.2: The Canon of Scripture


How did we get the Bible? Why aren’t there other books in the Bible? Can we add to the Bible? In this week’s episode of The Jerusalem Chamber we will answer these questions as we discuss the canon of Scripture. The word “canon” is taken from Paul in Galatians 6:16 and Philippians 3:16 and relates to a guide or a rule that helps one not err from the true plan. When used in relation to the Bible the “canon” is a reference to those books that are a sure rule and guide that will keep from error. Tune in as Shawn, Joel, Nathan, and Kyle discuss the first paragraph of the Westminster Confession of Faith:

Under the name of Holy Scripture, or the Word of God written, are now contained all the books of the Old and New Testament, which are these: Of the Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, I Samuel, II Samuel, I Kings, II Kings, I Chronicles, II Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, The Song of Songs, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi. Of the New Testament: The Gospels according to Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, The Acts of the Apostles, Paul’s Epistles to the Romans, Corinthians I, Corinthians II, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Thessalonians I , Thessalonians II , To Timothy I , To Timothy II, To Titus, To Philemon, The Epistle to the Hebrews, The Epistle of James, The first and second Epistles of Peter, The first, second, and third Epistles of John, The Epistle of Jude, The Revelation of John. All which are given by inspiration of God to be the rule of faith and life.

For More Resources On Today’s Topic Check These Books Out:

Check out Jamie Sole’s “Good Advice” album and the song “Books of the Bible.” Available for purchase on his website (here) or on Itunes.

Disputations on Holy Scripture by William Whitaker

Taking God At His Word by Kevin DeYoung

Thy Word is Truth by E.J. Young

Thy Word is Still Truth ed Peter Lillback

From the Mouth of God by Sinclair Ferguson

The Final Word by O Palmer Robertson

2 thoughts on “Episode 1.2: The Canon of Scripture

  1. If I am not mistaken, Joel omitted 1 and 2 Timothy in his recitation of the books of the Canon at 31:57 of the podcast.


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