Category Archives: NT Authors

Posts on the Means of Determining Authorship of Ancient Texts

The following posts give information on how the authorship of New Testament texts was originally determined…and that it is the same method by which authorship is determined for all ancient texts. Notes on Tregelles re: Authorship of the New Testament Books … Continue reading

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Notes on Archibald Alexander re: Authorship of the New Testament Books

Alexander, Archibald (1772-1851).  The Canon of the Old and New Testaments Ascertained; or, The Bible, Complete, without the Apocrypha and Unwritten Traditions.  Presbyterian Board of Education, 1851.  Alexander was one of the founders, and the first principal, of Princeton Theological Seminary. … Continue reading

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Notes on the Authorship of Hebrews

This post is a compilation of various notes on the authorship of the book of Hebrews.  They are not in any particular order. Regarding the sources cited here, in some cases more information may be found for them at Annotated … Continue reading

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Notes on Forgery and Pseudepigraphy

This post is about forgeries and pseudepigrapha in ancient times – whether merely alleged or actually proven, and whether alleged by ancient scholars or modern ones. ##### What the Ancients Thought About Forgeries This is found in Forged: Writing in the … Continue reading

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Miscellaneous Notes on Bart Ehrman

In short, there were long, protracted, and often heated debates in the early church over forged documents. Early Christians realized that there were numerous forgeries in circulation, and they wanted to know which books were written by their alleged authors … Continue reading

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Notes on Tregelles re: Authorship of the New Testament Books

These are notes on A Lecture on the Historic Evidence of the Authorship and Transmission of the Books of the New Testament by Samuel P. Tregelles (1813-1875), published by Samuel Bagster and Sons, 1852, 136 pages.  (There are some very brief notes on … Continue reading

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Notes on Augustine re: Authorship of the New Testament Books (Contra Faustum 33:6)

Augustine says that authorship of the New Testament books is determined in just the same way as authorship is determined for secular books of antiquity.  Here is what he wrote on the subject from Contra Faustum (33:6). You are so … Continue reading

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The Muratorian Fragment Claims Apostolic Authorship of the New Testament’s Contents

In speaking of a book which was deemed to have value but not to qualify for the New Testament, the Muratorian Canon reads: And therefore it ought indeed to be read; but it cannot be read publicly to the people … Continue reading

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Athanasius Claims Apostolic Authorship of the New Testament’s Contents

From the 39th Festal Letter* of Athanasius, 20th bishop of Alexandria, published in 367 emphasis added]: Again it is not tedious to speak of the [books] of the New Testament. These are, the four Gospels, according to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and … Continue reading

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The New Testament Itself Implicitly Claims Apostolic Authorship of Its Contents

The New Testament ascribes authorship of its 27 books to 8 men, each of whom is revealed in its pages to be either an apostle or working under the direct supervision of an apostle.  Thus James and Jude – the … Continue reading

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