Reality is that these are books (dating back to the Bronze Age in the case of the Old Testament) written by men. A selection of the many early Christian texts were cobbled together into one book by other men at the Synod of Hippo in 393AD (by voting for the ones they wanted to have included); approved, in one form, for use in the Church at the Council of Carthage in 397AD; and subsequently approved, in another form, by the Catholic Pope, and in yet other forms by the various Orthodox Patriarchs. Prior to 393AD different churches had different books - or no books at all - and the canon of the various Bibles is actually no more justifiably ‘sacred’ than any other group of early Christian books - many of which still exist in one form or another, although many rejected texts were destroyed. To further complicate matters, what is regarded as canonical (the books that were accepted), and what as apocryphal (the various early Christian writings that were deemed unsuitable by the various gatherings of learned gentlemen, for reasons never made entirely clear.), depends on whether one is Catholic, Protestant, or Orthodox, as each group took different viewpoints on various texts. The Council of Trent (1545-1563) finally established Jerome s Vulgate version as the official text of the Catholic Church (and even then Jerome had separated the Deuterocanonical Apocrypha from the rest, and put them in a separate section at the back). The Orthodox canon is very similar to the Catholic canon, but with a couple of additions, and a different order. The Protestant Bible is basically the Vulgate (with the Apocrypha cut out by some, but not others).