The Canon of Scripture

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by F. F. Bruce
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ISBN-13: 9780830812585
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 10/31/1988
Pages: 349
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

F. F. Bruce (1910-1990) was known worldwide as the "dean of evangelical scholarship"—a reputation earned by a lifetime of scholarship, teaching, and writing. Trained in classics at the University of Aberdeen and Cambridge University, he taught at the Universities of Edinburgh, Leeds, and Sheffield before serving for nearly twenty years as the Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis at the University of Manchester in England. During his distinguished career, he wrote many outstanding commentaries and books, including Paul, Apostle of the Heart Set Free; Israel and the Nations; New Testament History; The Books and the Parchments: How We Got Our English Bible; Jesus and Christian Origins Outside the New Testament; and The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? He also served as general editor of The New International Commentary on the New Testament.

Table of Contents



Part One: Introduction

1. Holy Scripture

Part Two: Old Testament

2. The Law and the Prophets

3. The Greek Old Testament

4. The Old Testament Becomes a New Book

5. The Christian Canon of the Old Testament: A. In the East

6. The Christian Canon of the Old Testament: B. In the Latin West

7. Before and After the Reformation

Part Three: New Testament

8. Writings of the New Era

9. Marcion

10. Valentinus and His School

11. The Catholic Response

12. The Muratorian Fragment

13. Irenaeus, Hippolytus, Novatian

14. Tertullian, Cyprian and Others

15. The Alexandrian Fathers

16. Eusebius of Caesarea

17. Athanasius and After

18. The West in the Fourth Century to Jerome

19. Augustine to the End of the Middle Ages

20. The New Testament Canon in the Age of Printing

Part Four: Conclusion

21. Criteria of Canonicity

22. A Canon Within the Canon?

23. Canon, Criticism and Interpretation

Appendix 1: The 'Secret' Gospel of Mark

Appendix 2: Primary Sense and Plenary Sense



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"This book is at once learned and readable, and takes account of the most recent discoveries and literature. It is the most comprehensive account of the canon since Bishop Westcott's The Bible in the Church (1864)."

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The Canon of Scripture 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
janeG52 More than 1 year ago
F.F. Bruce is a reliable author of our day. He seeks truth and validity of the historical accounts found in the Bible. I had to grow an I.Q. to understand him, but every book I have read has deepened my faith and confidence in the relaibilty of Scripture. His books continue to confirm the Bible has had more scutiny than any other manuscript in all history. Highly recommend anything written by this author.
jpsnow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This definitely helped me understand better the history and criteria of the canon. The big question it raises for me derives from the potential extension of the apocypha to other deuterocanonical works ruled out early on. Most clearly didn't fit. But did some? I also realized how much of the New Testament is based on Paul, which is peculiar in contrast to Peter's important role in circumspect writings. Most of the canon has been consistent since the 4th or 5th century. The contributors to what we know include: Origen, Jerome, Augustine, Clement. Several early commentators clearly took ideas in their own directions, often influenced heavily by gnosticism and some Greek philosophy (Plato). The 4th session of the Council of Trent in 1546 delivered the 1st ecumenical ruling in support of the current canon (though apparently leaving open the deuterocanonicity of the apocrypha).
Cajun_Huguenot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an important, useful and informative book.