The Perfect
Being a demonstration of the divine construction of the Canon of the Old and New Testament Scriptures
`All Scripture is given by inspiration of God' (2 Tim. 3:16).
The word so translated is the Greek Theopneustos , made up of Theos `God' and a part of the verb pneo `to
breathe'. From this word we get pneuma `spirit', which appears in English in such terms as pneumatic and
pneumonia, where the primitive root meaning `to breathe' is evident, and the connexion between `inspiration' and
`breathing' is apparent in such words as `respire' and `transpire'. From these items we can conclude that Scripture
graphe `what is written' is inspired by God, Theopneustos or `God breathed'. The Scriptures abound with similar
`God ... spake in time past by the prophets' (Heb. 1:1).
`This Scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the
of David spake
concerning Judas' (Acts 1:16).
The Gospel of Luke records that on two occasions, after the Lord had been raised from the dead, He endorsed
the canon of the Old Testament Scripture:
`And beginning at Moses, and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the Scriptures, the things
concerning Himself'.
`These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which
were written in the Law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the Psalms, concerning Me' (Luke 24:27. 44).
The Old Testament Scriptures are divided into three parts (1). The Law (Torah), (2). The Prophets (Nebiim), (3).
The Psalms (Kethubim).
The third title Kethubim means, literally `The writings', but as the book of the Psalms heads the list, that title is
often used instead. A passage in the Talmud (a work which preserves the traditions of the Elders) says `This is the
order of the prophets. The book of Joshua, Judges, Samuel, Kings, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Isaiah and the Twelve'. They
recognized that Isaiah actually comes before Jeremiah, but in their quaint way, they say they `Joined destruction
with destruction, and comfort with comfort'. On the inset page of this leaflet we have set out the books of the Bible
as they were associated together, and without losing one book from the Holy Scriptures, we discover that there are
49 in ail, and that they can be so assembled as to present to the eye a very `Temple of Truth', which while it leaves
the `How' of inspiration unexplained, makes it evident that ONE MIND, like that of the Architect of a building,
conceived and supervised the work from start to finish, so that when Moses wrote `In the beginning' (Gen. 1:1) God
was already visualising the words of 1 Corinthians 15:24 `Then cometh the end'. Whatever other charges may be
justly laid against the people of Israel (and there are many, culminating in the rejection of their Messiah), they have
always been fanatically jealous of the Scriptures entrusted to them, counting letters and phrases with such
meticulous care, that whole books could be put together from their notes (The Massorah, or marginal directory).
Flavius Josephus, a Jew of distinguished priestly line, was born in A.D. 37. He wrote `The Wars of the Jews'.
`The Antiquities of the Jews', an autobiography, and `A Treatise against Apion'. The following is the weighty
opinion of Bishop Porteous and Bishop Scaliger with regard to the character of Josephus: