Canon Muratorianus; The Earliest Catalogue of the Books of the New Testament

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General Books, May 19, 2012 - 48 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1867 Excerpt: others before worth noticing my having made that conjecture him. about ab amicis imb Qikavor, unless you think v-3-P-5o) incet tne statement of Jerome, that ancient authors ascribe the book of Wisdom to Philo Judaeus, simply by remarking that, if that had been the case, the Church, in receiving the book as canonical, would have classed it among the New Testament Scriptures. Some of them, therefore, in accepting Jerome's report (but rejecting the epithet Judaeus, as denoting him who is so well known by it), ascribe the book to some other Jew named Philo anterior to the birth of our Lord. But I believe that we want more light to be thrown, if possible, on the history of the book of Wisdom, and on the possibility of tracing it as existing prior to the Christian era. How little early writers knew of the origin of this book is shewn by the mistake of Augustine in the earlier part of his career as an author, when he attributed it to Jesus the son of Sirach. The first trace that I know of the book of Wisdom is in Clemenf s Epistle to the Corinthians (c. iii.): Xov Osikou... 3i o5 Kai davaros eiVJJX&i eis Tov Koafiov compare Sap. ii. 24, (f)66vp Si SiafioXov Odvaros eiarjXdev eiy Tov Koa-fiov. In this the writer of Wisdom may have used the words of Rom. V. 12. And (c. XXVii.), ris epei avrw, Tl eTroi jeray; 17 Tt'y avriaraerai Tw Kparti rns io-xvos avrov; see Sap. xii. 12, and a few words blended from xi. 22. Thus the book was used in the first century; but it is a subject for inquiry if there be any earlier trace of it. 0 Even if this sentence in the Muratorian Fragment ought not to receive the correction which I have suggested, and if the opinion which I formerly advanced be considered the better, yet still I think that the statement of Jerome i...

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