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God did not promise to preserve the history of the early church, except that which is captured in Scripture. The Bible is unique, among records of that age, in that it has been accurately delivered to our generation. So, we won’t be able to find authoritative records of the faith and practice of the early church outside God’s Word. It is suspicious when any teachers claim some special understanding of Scripture because of early church history that they have read. That seems like a convenient way to promote heresy, since just about any false doctrine, one might like, can be found in such historical records.

Now that we are in the New Testament, all authoritative revelation from God the Father is only available from God the Son (Hebrews 1:2). And it is only confirmed as God’s Word by God the Holy Spirit, through the Apostles that Jesus chose Himself (Mark 16:20, John 14:26, Hebrews 2:3-4). Those Apostles have completed their mission. Yes, the early church needed to consider, and come to a conclusion, what writings were to be included in Scripture. However, the question was not, “Which ones should we choose?” The question they needed to answer, rather, was, “Which ones did the Apostles ordain?” This was settled admirably, and correctly, by the early church. The True Church is in complete agreement with the results, though some other groups have added apocryphal writings several centuries later.

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TowerOfBabel

“The Tower of Babel; The Cultural History of Our Ancestors” by Bodie Hodge, published by Master Books.

I will admit my bias up front, I think I would recommend any book published by Master Books.

When browsing the contents of the book, I noticed that there was one appendix, and it was discussing the chronological placement of the book of Job. So, of course, I skipped to that part first! This provided a good deal of helpful information to shape the bibliography for my own research. Thank you Mr. Hodge!

Starting with the pronunciation of the word Babel, as an example, Mr. Hodge points out the powerful effect of distinct languages to place a barrier between people. Then he sketches the common attacks against the Bible regarding this historical account. Demonstrating that these battles are to be engaged as a biblical authority issue, he then addresses these attacks, showing why they are not valid.

Using Bible study to establish the foundation for history, this book proceeds to teach us, all of us, about our ancient ancestry. When you go back in history far enough, we all have the same family tree. Related topics that are included are languages, plate tectonics, legends about the tower and language split, decrease in life span, and more.

The tower of Babel is within the same era as the landing of the ark, so this time frame is the re-starting point of history. From that perspective, this book helps us to comprehend a biblical framework to view and understand all ancient history. Since history is key to understanding our world, I recommend this book as an aid to infuse the Light of Truth into all of your thinking, providing discernment to your studies.

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