Monthly Archives: April 2015

Why These 66 Books?

The money quote: The doctrine of canonicity ultimately comes back to the lordship of Jesus Christ. If we believe in Him and submit to His authority, then we will simultaneously believe in and submit to His Word. Because He affirmed … Continue reading

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The Reliability of the Oral Tradition That Preceded the New Testament

This 14:49 video discusses the oral tradition about Jesus which preceded, and was the basis for, the written texts we have in the New Testament. Excerpt (14:14 through 14:35): Scholars estimate the reliability of an oral tradition can last for … Continue reading

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Belief Map – Did Jesus rise from the dead?

This resource (from beliefmap.org) provides the evidence and logic behind a resonable faith in Jesus Christ. Belief Map – Did Jesus rise from the dead?.

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The Ancient Church Did Not Decide to Create the New Testament

It is also a subsidiary post of Obstacles in the Study of New Testament Formation. The ancient did not begin the process of forming the New Testament with the end in mind. There are no instructions in the New Testament writings … Continue reading

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The Difficulty of Studying New Testament Canon Formation

This is a subsidiary post of The Formation of the New Testament…from Beginning to End. The difficulty of studying the history of the New Testament’s formation is acknowledged by those who have studied it.  This difficulty is best navigated by seeking … Continue reading

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The Ancient Church Saw the New Testament as the Apostolic Writings

This is a subsidiary post of Apostolicity and the New Testament. This post is designed to accumulate the evidence that the ancient church, in producing the New Testament, was distinguishing genuine apostolic writings from all other Christian writings.  Though many … Continue reading

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A Sub-Bibliography of Nineteenth-Century and Prior Works

This is a subsidiary post of Annotated Bibliography on New Testament Text and Canon. Because my bibliography on text and canon (“apostolic apologetics”) is so long, and because older works have particular advantages and disadvantages, I thought it might be … Continue reading

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The Term “Bible” Applied to the Scriptures

This is a subsidiary post of The Study of Canon and the Etymology of Certain Terms. This is a placeholder post.  Material to be added.

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The Term “Canon” Applied to Writings

This is a subsidiary post of The Study of Canon and the Etymology of Certain Terms. The term “canon” can be found in the Bible, but it is never used to describe a set of writings.  That meaning would arise subsequent … Continue reading

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The Terms “Prophets” and “Apostles” as Applied to Writings

This is a subsidiary post of The Study of Canon and the Etymology of Certain Terms. In the New Testament, we can see the term “prophets” used as a reference to their writings – that is, the Old Testament (e.g., Luke … Continue reading

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