Where did the Bible come from? In recent generations Catholics in Texas find themselves surrounded by beliefs arise in predominantly Protestant influences. So, where, exactly did the Bible come from?
The Bible came from the Mass. From the earliest generations of the Church, when Bishops met in large groups or synods, they would ask one another what scriptures do you read at Mass? This all happened even before there was a Bible, which actually took two or three centuries. They did always read the Old Testament at Mass. In the beginning, the New Testament did not yet exist, as it was written mostly in the first century of the Church. Many things were read at Mass early on, even things that today we do not consider as part of the Bible. Gradually, they acquired and began reading at Mass the four Gospels and the letters of Paul, James, John and Peter. And so, the formation of the Canon of the Bible, the official collection of the books of the Bible as the Word of God, came about through generations of Bishops asking one another, “What do you read at Mass as the Divine Word of God?”