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Michael Kruger’s Complete List of Ten Misconceptions About the New Testament Canon

Excerpt: For the last 3-4 months I have been working through a blog series entitled “10 Misconceptions About the New Testament Canon.”  This series exams some common beliefs out there in the academic (and lay-level) communities that prove to be … Continue reading

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10 Misconceptions about the NT Canon: #7: “Christians Had No Basis to Distinguish Heresy from Orthodoxy Until the Fourth Century.” | Canon Fodder (Michael Kruger)

As we discussed in a prior blog post, some New Testament books, especially Paul’s major epistles and the four gospels, would have been recognized as authoritative from a very early time period. They were received not so much because they … Continue reading

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10 Misconceptions about the NT Canon: #6: “In the Early Stages, Apocryphal Books Were as Popular as the Canonical Books” | Canon Fodder (Michael Kruger)

10 Misconceptions about the NT Canon: #6: “In the Early Stages, Apocryphal Books Were as Popular as the Canonical Books” | Canon Fodder (Michael Kruger).

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How did Jesus view the Bible? « Ratio Christi-At The Ohio State University

How did Jesus view the Bible? « Ratio Christi-At The Ohio State University.

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James F. McGrath on F.F. Bruce on the New Testament Canon

F.F. Bruce wrote: “One thing must be emphatically stated. The New Testament books did not become authoritative for the Church because they were formally included in a canonical list; on the contrary, the Church included them in her canon because … Continue reading

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Michael Kruger on Apocryphal Gospels and the Mainstream Media | Canon Fodder

An excerpt from Michael Kruger’s post: When it comes to these sorts of questions, I like to remind my students of a very simple (but often overlooked) fact:  of all the gospels in early Christianity, only Matthew, Mark, Luke and … Continue reading

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Michael Kruger: The Complete Series: 10 Misconceptions About the NT Canon | Canon Fodder

Michael J. Kruger has posted The Complete Series: 10 Misconceptions About the NT Canon | Canon Fodder, though, as of this date, he still has two more posts to complete.

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How Did Canonization of the New Testament Happen? | Tough Questions Answered

This post from Bill Pratt confirms that canonicity is, practically speaking, just a proxy for apostolicity. First, the criterion which ultimately came to prevail was apostolicity. Therefore, don’t focus on canonicity (which is to focus on the institutional church) but … Continue reading

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How Did the Early Church Recognize the Canonicity of a Book? | Tough Questions Answered

Bill Pratt writes: There is a misconception, popularized by books like The DaVinci Code, that the way the books of the Bible were chosen consisted of politically infused church councils voting on the books they liked, and voting out the … Continue reading

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Michael Kruger on Canon | Hope’s Reason

One of the most important areas for study is that of canon.  Why do we have the books in the New Testament that we do?  Who picked them?  Are they a late invention?  Most of the radical attacks on historical … Continue reading

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