- Was it written by a man of God? A prophet? An apostle? An associate of an apostle? (Heb. 1:1; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
- With the possible exception of Hebrews, all books included in the Bible were written by either a man of God (David, for example), prophet, apostle, or an associate of one of these.
- Is the writing authoritative? Does it claim to be of God and/or were the writers confirmed by an act of God? (John 3:2; Acts 2:22; Heb. 2:3)
- Is the writing authentic? Does it tell the truth about God? (Deut. 18:22; Gal. 1:8)
- Does it contradict previous truth? If so, it was not accepted.
- Is the writing dynamic? Does it have the Power of God? (Heb. 4:12)
- Was the book received? Was it accepted by the people of God? (Dan. 9:2; 1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Pet. 3:15)
- Was it circulated and utilized by the followers of God?
a document or corpus of documents containing a permanent authoritative record of divine revelation.
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