Bible is a recipe whose ingredients have changed over the centuries

your say March 13, 2018 01:00

Thank you, Mr P, for pointing out the verses you cited were from Romans. There are also verses in Galatians 2 about food.

The Bible is indeed a wonderful book, or should I say books, written by different people at different times, guided by the Holy Spirit. They are also in different languages. The New Testament as it came to the West was written in Koine Greek, not Aramaic, the language of Jesus and his original followers.

The Gospels were written some years after the death of Jesus. It wasn’t until the 5th century that the Western church reached unanimous agreement on the New Testament canon. Books that didn’t make the cut are regarded as apocrypha, while some of those written in Hebrew are lost.

Centuries later Martin Luther excluded seven Old Testament books and rejected some from the New Testament that were not in accord with his own doctrines.

In the words of Mar Eshai Shimun, Catholicos Patriarch of the East, on April 5, 1957:

“With reference to ... the originality of the Peshitta text [Syriac version of the Bible], as the Patriarch and Head of the Holy Apostolic and Catholic Church of the East, we wish to state, that the Church of the East received the scriptures from the hands of the blessed Apostles themselves in the Aramaic original, the language spoken by our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and that the Peshitta is the text of the Church of the East which has come down from the Biblical times without any change or revision.”

Ian Martin