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Sources and Notes

Who Picked What Books Went In the Old Testament?

Matthew Whitman

The Council of Jamnia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Council_of_Jamnia

Robert C. Newman, The Council of Jamnia and the Old Testament Canon found in Westminster Theological Journal 38.4, Spring 1976 (Summary of the questions and problems surrounding Jamnia) - http://faculty.gordon.edu/hu/bi/ted_hildebrandt/OTeSources/00-Introduction/Text/Articles/Newman-CanonJamnia-WTJ.pdf

Catholic argument against Jamnia’s canonizing authority- https://www.catholic.com/magazine/print-edition/the-council-that-wasnt

Walter Kaiser, The Old Testament Documents, Are They Reliable and Relevant? (This book is great and helpful, but the relevant passage is found on pages 31-32. Kaiser, who is a highly influential Protestant Old Testament scholar, outright rejects the suggestion that Jamnia decided the contents of the Old Testament and argues that the canon had been in place for some time prior to this meeting; Purchase link) - https://www.amazon.com/Old-Testament-Documents-Reliable-Relevant/dp/0830819754/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2YKW29PULSBUS&keywords=the+old+testament+documents+are+they+reliable+%26+relevant&qid=1556993247&s=gateway&sprefix=the+old+testament+documen%2Caps%2C236&sr=8-1

Josephus reference from Against Apion (Book 1 Section 8) - http://penelope.uchicago.edu/josephus/apion-1.html

Letter of Aresteas - http://www.ccel.org/c/charles/otpseudepig/aristeas.htm

Quick critical summary of the Septuagint as a translation - https://www.biblearchaeology.org/post/2016/03/31/A-Brief-History-of-the-Septuagint.aspx

Was the Septuagint a canon? - https://academic.logos.com/was-there-a-septuagint-canon/

Old Testament book list for Codex Sinaiticus - http://www.codexsinaiticus.org/en/codex/content.aspx

Old Testament book list for Codex Vaticanus (which is slightly different than Sinaiticus) - http://www.jeffriddle.net/2015/02/old-testament-book-list-for-codex.html

Old Testament book list for Codex Alexandrinus (which is slightly different than Sinaiticus and Vaticanus) – http://textus-receptus.com/wiki/Codex_Alexandrinus

About Codex Sinaiticus – http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/04085a.htm

About Codex Vaticanus – http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/04086a.htm

About Codex Alexandrinus - http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/04080c.htm

Biblestudytools.com has a nice simple summary of this topic here - https://www.biblestudytools.com/encyclopedias/isbe/canon-of-the-old-testament-i.html

SUPER SIMPLE BOOK ON THIS TOPIC THAT’S VERY AFFORDABLE FROM AMAZON – Timothy Paul Jones, How We Got the Bible - https://www.amazon.com/How-Bible-Timothy-Paul-Jones-ebook/dp/B01EO2VISW/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Frank Moore Cross, From Epic to Canon: History and Literature in Ancient Israel (This book offers a different perspective that is less sympathetic to my Protestant position; Purchase link) - https://www.amazon.com/Epic-Canon-History-Literature-Ancient/dp/0801859824/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=hebrew+canon&qid=1556991832&s=gateway&sr=8-1

Philip W. Comfort with F.F. Bruch, J.I. Packer and Carl F.H. Henry, The Origin of the Bible (Purchase link) - https://www.amazon.com/Origin-Bible-Philip-W-Comfort/dp/1414379323/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+origin+of+the+bible&qid=1556992307&s=gateway&sr=8-1

Roger Beckwith, The Old Testament Canon of the New Testament Church and Its Background in Early Judaism (Purchase link) - https://www.amazon.com/Old-Testament-Canon-New-Church/dp/1606082493

Neil R. Lightfoot, How We Got the Bible (Purchase link) - https://www.amazon.com/How-Got-Bible-Neil-Lightfoot/dp/0801072611/ref=pd_sim_14_3/144-4586946-6759033?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=0801072611&pd_rd_r=c1f9769e-6e93-11e9-8684-3ba914696e6d&pd_rd_w=11KVx&pd_rd_wg=Ajyfo&pf_rd_p=90485860-83e9-4fd9-b838-b28a9b7fda30&pf_rd_r=Z5HFW97P5MDVMS1SC5HM&psc=1&refRID=Z5HFW97P5MDVMS1SC5HM

F.F. Bruce, The Canon of Scripture (Purchase link) - https://www.amazon.com/Canon-Scripture-F-Bruce/dp/083081258X/ref=pd_sim_14_3/144-4586946-6759033?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=083081258X&pd_rd_r=ac989825-6e93-11e9-a963-6f3949decc2c&pd_rd_w=tvyZ5&pd_rd_wg=YO3G2&pf_rd_p=90485860-83e9-4fd9-b838-b28a9b7fda30&pf_rd_r=KXX74EXQ00FVC6H55PFZ&psc=1&refRID=KXX74EXQ00FVC6H55PFZ