2nd Century Developments Toward the New Testament Canon

This is a subsidiary post of The Stages of New Testament Formation.

Key Figures:  Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch, Papias, Marcion, Justin Martyr, Irenaeus of Lugdunum.  For more, see Post-Apostolic Church Leaders – 1st through 5th Centuries.


Allert, Craig D.  “The State of the New Testament Canon in the Second Century: Putting Tatian’s Diatessaron in Perspective” in Bulletin for Biblical Research 9 (1999) p. 1-18 (Institute for Biblical Research).

Farmer, William R. and Denis M Farkasfalvy.  The Formation of the New Testament Canon: An Ecumenical Approach.  Paulist Press, 1983, 182 pages.  Both of these essays focus on second-century activity.

Hurtado, Larry W.  “The New Testament in the Second Century: Text, Collections and Canon” in Transmission and Reception: New Testament Text-Critical and Exegetical Studies, eds. J.W. Childers & D. C. Parker.  Gorgias Press, 2006.  p. 3-27.  Also available on Hurtado’s blog.

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