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

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Clarendon Press, Mar 6, 1997 - Religion - 336 pages
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This book 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 among scores of gospels, epistles, and other books that enjoyed local and temporary authority - some of which have only recently come to light among the discoveries of Nag Hammadi. After discussing the external pressures that led to the fixing of the limits of the canon, the author gives sustained attention to Patristic evidence that bears on the development of the canon not only in the West but also among the Eastern Churches, including the Syrian, Armenian, Georgian, Coptic, and Ethiopian. Besides considering differences as to the sequence of the books in the New Testament, Dr Metzger takes up such questions as which form of text is to be regarded as canonical; whether the canon is open or closed; to what extent a canon should be sought within the canon; and whether the canon is a collection of authoritative books or an authoritative collection of books.

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Review: The Canon of the New Testament: Its Origin, Development, and Significance

User Review  - Dave - Goodreads

I wish I had known of Bruce Metzger's works earlier in my Christian life. He is a brilliant scholar and this was a well written, thoroughly researched book that greatly expanded my knowledge of the ... Read full review

Review: The Canon of the New Testament: Its Origin, Development, and Significance

User Review  - Mike - Goodreads

Very informative. I found it interesting that the canon was fluid well passed the 4th century but only on the fringes. For the most part, the core books were settled early, by the end of the 2nd ... Read full review

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Bruce M. Metzger is at Princeton Theological Seminary.

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