Do youll now when the frist Bible started?
The bible is made up many different books written over a long period of time.
The Catholic Church decided what was accepted from the New and Old Testaments in A.D. 382 at the synod of Rome, under Pope Damasus I. This decision was ratified again at the councils of Hippo (393) and Carthage (397 and 419)
It is worth remembering that Catholics were the only group truly accepted as Christians up until around the 1400's.
The following principles were used to determine whether a New Testament book was truly inspired by the Holy Spirit:
1) Was the author an apostle or have a close connection with an apostle?
2) Is the book being accepted by the body of Christ at large?
3) Did the book contain consistency of doctrine and orthodox teaching?
4) Did the book bear evidence of high moral and spiritual values that would reflect a work of the Holy Spirit?
Over 50 testimonies collected about the life of Christ were considered for inclusion in the Bible but only 4 were chosen.
The term gnostic gospels refers to gnostic collections of writings about the teachings of Jesus that were not included in the bible but were written from the 2nd - 4th century AD.
These gospels are not accepted by most mainstream Christians as part of the standard Biblical canon. Rather, they are part of what is called the New Testament apocrypha. SEE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gnostic_Gospels
The actual writing of the Bible took place over a period of about 1600 years, beginning in about 1513 BCE with Moses writing in the wilderness to it's completion in the 98 CE with the Apostle John's writing of the books of 1 John, 2 John, and 3 John.
Revelation was not actually the last book written, as it was written in the year 96 CE. Over that 1600 year span, there were about 40 different men who were used to record the Bible.
Among the writers were prophets, shepards, kings, fishermen, a tax collector, a physician, married and unmarried, rich and poor, people from all walks of life.
4th century...as kiasu explained.