The Canon of the New Testament: Its Origin, Development, and Significance / Edition 1

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Overview


Completing his New Testament trilogy, eminent theologian Bruce Metzger provides information from Church history concerning the recognition of the canonical status of the several books of the New Testament. Canonization was a long and gradual process of sifting through scores of gospels, epistles, and other books that enjoyed local and temporary authority--some of which have only recently come to light. Metzger discusses the external pressures that led to the fixing of the limits of the canon as well as Patristic evidence that bears on the development of the canon, not only in the West, but also among the Eastern churches. He also considers differences as to the sequence of the books in the New Testament.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198269540
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 679,302
  • Product dimensions: 8.44 (w) x 5.38 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Princeton Theological Seminary (Emeritus)
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I Literature on the Canon Published Prior to the Twentieth Century 11
II Literature on the Canon Published During the Twentieth Century 25
III Period of Preparation: The Apostolic Fathers 39
IV Influences Bearing on the Development of the Canon 75
V Development of the Canon in the East 113
VI Development of the Canon in the West 143
VII Books of Temporary and Local Canonicity: Apocryphal Literature 165
VIII Two Early Lists of the Books of the New Testament 191
IX Attempts at Closing the Canon in the East 209
X Attempts at Closing the Canon in the West 229
XI Problems Confronting the Early Church Concerning the Canon 251
XII Questions Concerning the Canon Today 267
App. I History of the Word [actual symbol not reproducible] 289
App. II Variations in the Sequence of the Books of the New Testament 295
App. III Titles of the Books of the New Testament 301
App. IV Early Lists of the Books of the New Testament 305
Index 316
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