He received his BA in Greek and an MA in classics from Brigham Young University and an MA and Ph D in Near Eastern studies from the University of Michigan. David Rolph Seely is a professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University.
Many books were written in antiquity that were considered sacred by various groups in various places and at different times.
Whereas there is much scholarship that deals with the canonization of the books of the Bible, there is little if any explicit information from the earliest historical circumstances of why and how certain ancient books were preserved and considered as canonical or standard works.
Open my eyes and through the Spirit enlighten me as I seek your will in your Scriptures and as I seek to be obedient in my daily life.
Forgive me of my sin and create a clean and holy heart, wholly determined to do your will.
An important Bible verse about understanding interracial marriage is 2 Corinthians : "Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers." That last word, "unbelievers" is of key importance.
A Christian should not marry a non-Christian no matter how kind and good they are. Deuteronomy 7:1-6 tells the Israelites to destroy all the inhabitants of the Canaan land and not to intermarry with them because they would "turn your sons away from following Me, that they may serve other gods." The same key concern of 2 Corinthians is again expressed here.
The rabbis and Jesus often referred to the Old Testament collection of books as the Law and the Prophets.
The Jewish canon established a tradition that organized the books according to the three categories: Torah, Prophets, and Writings.
He received a BA in ancient studies from BYU and an MA and Ph D in Near Eastern studies from the University of Michigan. is an associate professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University.
Jackson is a professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University.
Seely, “Chapters, Verses, Punctuation, Spelling, and Italics,” in The King James Bible and the Restoration, ed. Jackson (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2011), 95–117. His research interests include early scribes and manuscripts of the New Testament.