It is interesting that of all that I wrote in my book, my comments on 2 Tim. 3:16 should receive the greatest notice.
That's not true. As I wrote I'm halfway the book and only found one thing I have a question about. Questions are discussed. Agreements less often.
If you would have posted your book on an ET website hell would break loose. So I think you should not see my question as picking out single thing but more as 99% agreed and 1% discussed.
My views on the inspiration of the Scriptures do not rest on 2 Ti. 3:16 alone.
I agree with that Richard. But my question was not about inspired, authority or what the church should or shoudn't have done.
I'll try to clarify my question.
I agree 100% with 2Tim 3:16
But what is scripture? That's debated over the ages. As you correctly pointed out some denominations use books others reject.
It is likely that Timothy was referring not only to the 39 books in the present Old Testament canon, but to the Apocryphal books as well, which were included in the Septuagint,Why
is it likely? I'm not saying you are wrong. I honestly don't know.
During Jesus time there where sects Jesus strongly rebuked. Pharisees, Saducians) They also had scripture. Partly false scripture.
So that time was not free of false scripture.
I have a KJV with and without Apocryphal books. I also have Benton LXX with and without those books.
I like the LXX that's not the point. I just wonder if some people did and some did not use the Apocryphal books found in LXX.
If it's just your feeling I accept that. No problem.
But if you for example have website that digs in deeper into this matter I would like to read it.