How Do We Know that the Right Books Are in the New Testament Canon?
I am excited to see how the Lord will use Michael Kruger’s new book, Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books (Crossway, 2012), to inform and equip the church, strengthening our confidence that we have in our New Testaments what the Lord intended us to have.
You can see from the endorsements—two of which are reproduced below—the significance that others scholars see in this new volume:
“Of all the recent books and articles on the canon of Scripture, this is the one I recommend most. It deals with the critical literature thoroughly and effectively while presenting a cogent alternative grounded in the teaching of Scripture itself. Michael Kruger develops the historic Reformed model of Scripture as self-authenticating and integrates it with a balanced appreciation for the history of the canon and the role of the community in recognizing it. This is the definitive work on the subject for our time.”
—John M. Frame, J. D. Trimble Chair of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, Florida
“Here, finally, is what so many pastors, seminary professors, and students have long been waiting for: a clear, well-informed, and scripturally faithful answer to the question of how Christians should account for the New Testament canon. Perhaps not since Ridderbos’s Redemptive History and the New Testament Scriptures has there appeared such a valuable single source on the New Testament canon that is both historically responsible and theologically satisfying (and this book improves on Ridderbos in many ways). Michael Kruger’s work will help readers get a handle on what may seem like a myriad of current approaches to canon, whether ecclesiastical or critical. This book will foster clearer thinking on the subject of the New Testament canon and will be a much referenced guide for a long time to come.”
—Charles E. Hill, Professor of New Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary
You can read 58 pages (!) of the book online for free.
Dr. Kruger is now blogging on canon and related topics. You can also listen to an interview with him from the Reformed Forum. Finally, here’s a clip of him responding to Bart Ehrman’s revisionist understanding of the NT canon: