Lists Earlier Than the Fourth Century

This is a subsidiary post of Ancient Lists of New Testament Books.

All “canonical lists” from prior to the fourth century are disputed in one way or another.  Either their dating is disputed (as in the case of the Muratorian Fragment) or that they are lists is disputed (as in the cases of Irenaeus, Clement of Alexandria, and Origen in which McDonald and others say that Eusebius has inferred lists where none actually existed).

The Muratorian Fragment

Irenaeus’ “Canon”

Clement of Alexandria’s “Canon”

Origen’s “Canon”


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