MAY 24

THE COUNCIL OF JAMNIA AND THE SYNOD OF HIPPO

It is true that the canon of the Old Testament was formerly acknowledged by the Council of Jamnia, which was a gathering of Jewish rabbis following the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD. It is also true that the canon of the New Testament was formerly acknowledged by the Synod of Hippo—an early church council convened in northern Africa in 393 AD. Yet, it is equally true, that neither the Jewish rabbis at the Council of Jamnia nor the church leaders at the Synod of Hippo determined the books to be included in the Old and New Testaments. Instead, they merely confirmed the books that had been commonly accepted as divinely inspired for centuries.