The Formation of the Christian Biblical Canon
I’ll freely admit that a lot of this went over my head. This is not an approachable book. It’s very academic and more appropriate to seminary students.
However, it does make clear the critical point that the modern Christian bible was formed through curation and the actions of mortals combing through lots of ancient writings. They made judgment calls as to what was in and what was out.
In the conclusion, the author makes this critical point: “…it must be stressed that the final authority of the Church is not the Bible, but the Lord.”