Given that Friends reject much of the descisions of the early Church councils (Nicea etc.). Why then do we agree to the scriptures decided upon by the Church councils. What about those expressions of the early church the Shepard of Hermas and the Gospel of Thomas? What about the Peshitta (the Arimaic bible) used in the Indian and Syriac churches?It is said to be far older than the Greek bible we have in the west, and it does NOT include Revelation (thank goodness i hear you cry!) or John chapter 8 (how unfortunate!), and it also misses two of the Pauline epistles. Modern Scriptural study tends to show that, at least two of Pauls letters (I forget which ones) were NOT in fact written by Paul! In addition to this we now know of course that Genesis is an allegorical fable, along with Job, and the story of Jonah. Bearing all these things in mind, WHAT should our take (as Quakers) be on the Bible be in this day and age?