Forgotten Scriptures: The Selection and Rejection of Early Religious Writings

Forgotten Scriptures: The Selection and Rejection of Early Religious Writings

by Lee Martin McDonald

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Overview

We know that the early Christian church had a variety of scriptures and other source material that informed their faith and shaped their thinking. We also know that after a few centuries the church decided to keep the twenty-seven books of our present New Testament and to treat them as canonical in faith and practice. But the other books did not simply disappear. In fact, many of them remain valuable for understanding the diversity of the early Christian church and the astounding claims of faith on which the church was founded. Learning about these ancient documents need not threaten the church's current orthodoxy and authority; in fact, learning about these texts can help today's Christians form a deeper understanding of the early church.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780664233570
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date: 07/20/2009
Pages: 313
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Lee Martin McDonald is President Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of New Testament Studies at Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada. He has written extensively on canon formation.

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