|Acts 10:37 |
37 You saw the word arise throughout all Judea to lead, in origin from Galilee, after the baptism that John preached;3 [Clearly the word that arose throughout all Judea was not the Bible. In this time, the scriptures of the Old Testament were on bulky, expensive, rare, fragile scrolls. Bibles did not become available to the general population until the late 1500's, and the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John were not even available until around 90 AD. The word was Jesus as the next verse indisputably identifies; He came to lead them to peace and freedom, but the Jews, who had the scriptures and tried Him with the scriptures, rejected Him as a blasphemer, and insisted He be crucified.]
3 You saw the word arise throughout all Judea to lead, in origin from Galilee, after the baptism that John preached; It is amazing how far the translators have stretched the truth to support their fantasy that the word is the Bible. Look below how the King James Version states this verse:
That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;
Yet the Greek for this verse has no word that even faintly resembles the word "published," and the Greek word they have translated as "published" is genomenon, which has the following possible meanings: "1) to become, i.e. to come into existence, begin to be, receive being 2) to become, i.e. to come to pass, happen 2a) of events 3) to arise, appear in history, come upon the stage 3a) of men appearing in public 4) to be made, finished 4a) of miracles, to be performed, wrought 5) to become, be made." None of which faintly resemble "published," but by using the word "published," they make it appear that the word was scriptures.
In the time of the early church of the Apostles, scriptures were in bulky, rare, fragile, very expensive scrolls, unavailable to most all; and if available, typically limited to the Old Testament from synagogues. The letters of Paul, John, James, and Jude quote from the Old Testament, but never from a book of Matthew, Mark, Luke or John; those books were not available. Paul had been extensively schooled in the Old Testament scriptures by the leading authority of the time, Gamaliel, so he uses many scripture quotations, but all are from the Old Testament; for the few quotations they made, Peter, Jude, James, and John easily had access to many Old Testament scriptures in Jerusalem. For the next 250 years after the time of the Apostles, there were many different Christian books, (including what now makes up the New Testament as early as 90 AD), and writings on parchment scrolls, primarily, possessed by the so-called bishops of major cities such as Alexandria, Rome, Carthage, Antioch, Caesarea, Nicomedia, and Asia Minor centers; each major city having written or favoring different books that often centered on petty doctrinal disagreements, which showed no unity of Spirit within organized Christendom; (this is hardly surprising because even when John was alive there were already many antiChrists that had gone out from the true believers). After a long controversy over which books would be included, settled by a vote of men, the Bible with a New Testament was first assembled with 50 copies created in 331 AD by order of Roman Emperor Constantine, the effective head of Christendom, (who had poisoned his son and boiled his wife to death). The many differing versions of Christian writings were then ordered to be burned throughout the Roman empire, (what few remained because all Christian writings were previously ordered to be burned in 303 by Emperor Diocletian). This massive official Roman version, hand written on parchment, was in Latin to facilitate public reading in the Roman Empire's publicly built "churches." For centuries the Bible was only available to the clergy; later, any non-clergy person, (the laity), that possessed a Bible was considered a heretic and put through the Inquisition, (death); and translation from Latin to a native language was always strictly forbidden. The first Bible was printed in 1456. In the late 1500's after the Reformation and spread of printing presses, Bibles first became available to the general public in their own language. So, the early church thrived in Spirit and power without the Bible because the real Word of God spread as the Book of Acts reports: "the word of God multiplied, the word of God increased, and they spoke the Word of God." From His mouth, God put his word in their mouths to speak, which created more believers who could speak the Word of God too.
And this verse gives further proof that the word, which rose throughout Palestine and began in Galilee, is Jesus speaking, whose name is the Word of God, which word formed the worlds; created the heavens, the earth, and all that is in them; destroyed the world by water; and reserves fire to destroy the world and ungodly men on the day of judgment.