Inspiration and Canonicity of the Scriptures

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In the modern debate on biblical interpretation and verbal inerrancy, this book gives weighty evidence for the historic Christian position that the Bible, the sacred canon, is the very truth of God and that it can be interpreted, understood, and applied in our time.The book considers the phenomena and data of the Bible and finds them consistent with the teaching of Christ and the apostles that they are both true and meaningful in any culture.Inspiration of the Bible and the canonical status of its books are ...

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Overview

In the modern debate on biblical interpretation and verbal inerrancy, this book gives weighty evidence for the historic Christian position that the Bible, the sacred canon, is the very truth of God and that it can be interpreted, understood, and applied in our time.The book considers the phenomena and data of the Bible and finds them consistent with the teaching of Christ and the apostles that they are both true and meaningful in any culture.Inspiration of the Bible and the canonical status of its books are closely interrelated matters, but the treatment of both subjects in one volume is all to rare. In the treatment of the canon, the book quotes extensively from the sources—the very early Christian writers as well as recent finds—the Dead Sea Scrolls and the books and papyri from Nag Hammadi in Egypt. It combines the extensive historical evidence with the witness and claims of the Bible itself.Reviews of the original work—that it was well-documented and thorough but profitable for any serious Christian layman—are still applicable to the revised and updated edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556358876
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Harris was trained in Chemical Engineering, then called to the ministry and trained at Westminster Seminary with graduate work in the University of Pennsylvania, Dropsie College, and Johns Hopkins. He taught nineteen years at Faith Theological Seminary, twenty-five years at Covenant Theological Seminary, and after retirement at seminaries in Hong Kong, Germany, the Netherlands, and elsewhere. He is a charter member of the NIV translation committee, also of the Evangelical Theological Society, chief editor of the Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament, and author of other books and articles. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church of America.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Abbreviations

Part I Inspiration

1 Introduction 10

2 Why We Believe the Bible 34

3 Verbal Inspiration in Church History 55

4 Textual Criticism and Inspiration 65

5 Hermeneutics and Inspiration 81

6 Objections to the Doctrine of Verbal Inerrancy 94

Part II Canon of the Old Testament

7 History of the Acceptance of the O.T. Canon 123

8 Determining Principle of the O.T. Canon 154

9 Extent of the O.T. Canon 178

Part III Canon of the New Testament

10 The Witness of the New Testament to Itself 191

11 History of Acceptance of the New Testament Books 208

12 Determining Principles of the New Testament Canon 233

13 The Patristic Test of Canonicity 248

14 Books of Questioned Authorship 260

15 Conclusion 285

Notes 296

Bibliography 332

Index 339

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