January 7, 367 – Athanasius

Athanasius was the bishop of Alexandria who led the fight against his fellow African Arius in what would culminate in the Council of Nicea in AD 325. After Athanasius’ successful efforts against Arius he became the first to use the term “canon of Scripture” when he divided the books of the Bible into 3 parts: Holy Scripture, the Apocrypha and “others”. In a letter on January 7, 367 he implored his fellow churchmen “to set forth in order the books which are included in the canon and have been delivered to us with accreditation that they are divine.” 

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