Short overview of Holy Scripture
Church of the East is guardian to the Eastern
Bible, a body of Sacred Scripture delivered to us through holy Tradition
over the years.
The Eastern Bible is divided into two sections; The
Awakening and The Way. The Awakening is a collection of Scripture which
pre-dates Yesu our Lord's incarnation. These Scriptures reflect the
directions of how to walk The Way, as devotees understood it in the ages
before the Incarnation. Yesu came into the world and inherited these
Traditions, which He set out to follow and live accordingly. By the
mastering of the guidelines of The Awakening Yesu became perfect -- and He
subsequently became our Saviour and our Lord.
During the bodily ministry of Yesu a movement
started as His followers gathered newcomers into groups. In line with
Tradition the Yesu movement is called The Way. This movement spread
throughout all cultures of the known world at the time--from China to India,
to Persia, Arabia, Armenia and the Roman Empire and deep into North Africa.
As the Roman Empire spread its wings the name of
Yesu, or Isous as He is known in Latin, spread throughout Europe and Russia.
The various cultures brought about hundreds of Scripture, each of which
reflects that culture=s adaptation and assimilation of the Truth of The Way.
It seems as if by the 4th century the number of Scriptures tallied almost
300 separate books. The Roman Church, being one of the many aspects of The
Way, chose to adopt the new name 'Christian' in favour over the Traditional
name 'The Way'. This Christian movement also selected some Scriptures that
appealed to them more than others, and this collection is referred to as The
The Way, as it came to be gathered in the eastern
lands selected Scripture from their cultural heritage, and this collection
is referred to as The Eastern Bible. African followers of Yesu's Way had
their own particular collection of Scriptures and so did Syrian, Armenian
and certain Persian groups have their own particular scriptures. As the
Roman Empire spread to the West and the militant Muslim movements occupied
the other parts of the world, most of the more vulnerable religious
movements who did not follow the Hebrew Scriptures were oppressed.
By the 7th century only two official sets of
Scripture remained, the Western Bible and the Eastern Bible. Hundreds of
other books were excluded from the two sets and those copies not destroyed
remained buried in archive shelves. With the Muslim raid on Alexandria the
world's greatest library was burned to the ground and more than 6 000
scrolls, along with many theological works now unknown to us, were finally
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