of the Bible refers to the definitive list of the books
which are considered to be divine revelation and included in
the Bible. ("Canon" [Gk. kanon] means a reed; a straight rod
or bar; a measuring stick; something serving to determine,
rule, or measure.) Over the centuries, the different faith
communities which use the Bible (e.g., Jews, Catholics,
Protestants) have developed different canons, i.e., different
lists of which books belong in the Bible "library."