Canon of Scripture

ISBN-10: 083081258X
ISBN-13: 9780830812585
Edition: Reprint 
Authors: F. F. Bruce
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Description: Winner of two 1990 Christianity Today Awards: Readers' Choice (1st place; theology & doctrine) and Critics' Choice (1st place; theology & doctrine).A 1989 ECPA Gold Medallion Award winner!How did the books of the Bible come to be recognized as Holy  More...

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Book details

List price: $30.00
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 11/28/1988
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 349
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

Winner of two 1990 Christianity Today Awards: Readers' Choice (1st place; theology & doctrine) and Critics' Choice (1st place; theology & doctrine).A 1989 ECPA Gold Medallion Award winner!How did the books of the Bible come to be recognized as Holy Scripture?Who decided what shape the canon should take?What criteria influenced these decisions?After nearly nineteen centuries the canon of Scripture still remains an issue of debate. Protestants, Catholics and the Orthodox all have slightly differing collections of documents in their Bibles. Martin Luther, one of the early leaders of the Reformation, questioned the inclusion of the book of James in the canon. And many Christians today, while confessing the authority of all of Scripture, tend to rely on only a few books and particular themes while ignoring the rest.Scholars have raised many other questions as well. Research into second-century Gnostic texts have led some to argue that politics played a significant role in the formation of the Christian canon. Assessing the influence of ancient communities and a variety of disputes on the final shaping of the canon call for ongoing study.In this significant historical study, F. F. Bruce brings the wisdom of a lifetime of reflection and biblical interpretation to bear in answering the questions and clearing away the confusion surrounding the Christian canon of Scripture. Adept in both Old and New Testament studies, he brings a rare comprehensive perspective to his task.Though some issues have shifted since the original publication of this book, it still remains a significant landmark and touchstone for further studies.

Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction
Holy Scripture
Old Testament
The Law and the Prophets
The Greek Old Testament
The Old Testament Becomes a New Book
The Christian Canon of the Old Testament: A. In the East
The Christian Canon of the Old Testament: B. In the Latin West
Before and After the Reformation
New Testament
Writings of the New Era
Marcion
Valentinus and His School
The Catholic Response
The Muratorian Fragment
Irenaeus, Hippolytus, Novatian
Tertullian, Cyprian and Others
The Alexandrian Fathers
Eusebius of Caesarea
Athanasius and After
The West in the Fourth Century to Jerome
Augustine to the End of the Middle Ages
The New Testament Canon in the Age of Printing
Conclusion
Criteria of Canonicity
A Canon Within the Canon?
Canon, Criticism and Interpretation
The 'Secret' Gospel of Mark
Primary Sense and Plenary Sense
Bibliography
Index

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