Was the Bible given to us by the fourth-century church?
The emporer Constantine never created the Bible, since parts of it
existed at least 1500 years earlier, and even the New Testament books
can be shown to exist and be accepted as reliable during the second
century. Neither did Constantine choose which books were to be
included, since there was a long-standing tradition about the use of
most of them. At the most, you might give him credit for including the
seven NT books that were still questioned, and for eliminating three or
four other books that might have been included.
Constantine could not have modified the books, either, as they were
already widely available in different versions, spread throughout the
ancient world. Least of all could he have made any changes to the
Jewish scriptures, as these were maintained by Jewish scribes and
beyond his control. In addition there were the Septuagint and the
Samaratin Pentateuch to compare with. What he would not even have known
about, is that the Dead Sea Scrolls would someday surface to be another
witness for the reliability of the original text.