The Muratorian Fragment

This is a subsidiary post of Lists Earlier Than the Fourth Century.  

Until Sundberg and Hahneman, the Muratorian Fragment was considered of late second century vintage, originating in or around Rome.  They have argued for a fourth century dating (ca. 350-375), originating in Syria or elsewhere in the East, and have over time swayed other scholars, such as McDonald and Gamble.  (Source: McDonald p. 449 in The Biblical Canon, bibliography).

The Text of the Muratorian Fragment.

EarlyChristianWritings.com on the Muratorian Fragment

McDonald, Lee M. and James A. Sanders.  The Canon Debate.  Baker Academic, 2002.  See “Appendix D – Lists and Catalogues of New Testament Collections” for dating and contents.

McDonald, Lee Martin.  The Biblical Canon.  Baker Academic, 2007.  See “Appendix C – Lists and Catalogues of New Testament Collections” for dating and list of contents.

Metzger, Bruce M.  The Canon of the New Testament: Its Origin, Development, and Significance.  Oxford University Press, 1987.  See p. 191-201 for “The Muratorian Canon.”

Wikipedia article on the Muratorian Fragment

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