Category Archives: Canon

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

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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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Acts and General Epistles as a Collection

This is a subsidiary post of The New Testament Is a Collection of Collections. Sources Kostenberger, Andreas J and L. Scott Kellum and Charles L. Quarles.  The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown: An Introduction to the New Testament.  B&H Academic, … Continue reading

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Adolph Harnack’s Questions

In the beginning of The Origin of the New Testament (1925, bibliography), Adolph von Harnack asks five questions which he says pose “at least five great historical problems.” The five problems are these: 1. What is the reason and how … Continue reading

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Athanasius on the New Testament Canon

This is a subsidiary post of Ancient Lists of New Testament Books. This letter from Athanasisus, bishop of Alexandria, written in 367, is the earliest extant evidence we have of a 27-book New Testament canon identical in contents to the … Continue reading

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Why Did It Take So Long for the New Testament to Be Finalized?

This is a subsidiary post of The Formation of the New Testament…from Beginning to End. Although we can see New Testament documents being considered authoritative even in New Testament days (i.e. the first century), it is not until the fourth century … Continue reading

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The Term “Gospel” Applied to Writings

This is a subsidiary post of The Study of Canon and the Etymology of Certain Terms. More information on sources referenced in this post can be found in Annotated Bibliography on New Testament Text and Canon. The term “gospel” was originally … Continue reading

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The Text of the Muratorian Fragment

This is a subsidiary post of The Muratorian Fragment. The following translation is that of Bruce Metzger as provided by EarlyChristianWritings.com.  Note in the text below, that the fragment does not include the beginning or the end.  In the rendering … Continue reading

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