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

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

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By (author) Bruce M. Metzger

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  • Publisher: Clarendon Press
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 139mm x 216mm x 20mm | 429g
  • Publication date: 10 April 1997
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0198269544
  • ISBN 13: 9780198269540
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Sales rank: 211,467

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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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Metzger's opinions throughout are judicious and moderate... The richly detailed factual information carefully organized here, and the bibliographical footnotes will make this a volume of continuing benefit and lasting value. Journal of Theological Studies this book is of great value, not only as a careful survey of the issues historically but also as a contribution to the current scene. American Historical Review this volume, along with [Metzger's] earlier books on the text and early versions, is destined to become the standard in this field. Restoration Quarterly