Historically, the word was first used by the church of those doctrines that were accepted as the rule of faith and practice.
The term came to be applied to the decisions of the Councils as rules by which to live.
These are obviously vital questions for the people of God to determine.
Instead, a correction was placed in the margin called qere, “to be read,” and that which was written in the text was called, kethibh, “to be written.” (b) When a word was considered textually, grammatically, or exegetically questionable, dots were placed above that word.
The more recent books of the cults which are placed alongside the Bible are not inspired and have no claim to be part of the canon of Scripture.
Certainly so-called prophetic utterances or visions that some claim to be from God today cannot be inspired and considered as part of God’s revelation or as having any kind of authority like that of the canonical books.
From the time of Ezra and even before, there were priests (Deut.
-26) and later scribes called sopherim who were given the responsibility to copy and meticulously care for the sacred text so they could hand down the correct reading.The word comes from the Greek and most likely from the Hebrew qaneh and Akkadian, qanu.