Jul

22

2013

Justin Taylor|1:08 am CT

10 Basic Facts About the NT Canon that Every Christian Should Memorize

Mike Kruger, author of Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books (Crossway, 2012) and the forthcoming The Question of Canon: Challenging the Status Quo in the New Testament Debate (IVP, 2013), has a helpful series on the New Testament canon, linked below, “designed to help Christians understand ten basic facts about its origins.  This series is designed for a lay-level audience and hopefully could prove helpful in a conversation one might have with a skeptical friend.”

Here are the posts:

  1. “The New Testament Books are the Earliest Christian Writings We Possess”
  2. “Apocryphal Writings Are All Written in the Second Century or Later”
  3. “The New Testament Books Are Unique Because They Are Apostolic Books”
  4. “Some NT Writers Quote Other NT Writers as Scripture”
  5. “The Four Gospels are Well Established by the End of the Second Century”
  6. “At the End of the Second Century, the Muratorian Fragment lists 22 of Our 27 NT Books”
  7. “Early Christians Often Used Non-Canonical Writings”
  8. “The NT Canon Was Not Decided at Nicea—Nor Any Other Church Council”
  9. “Christians Did Disagree about the Canonicity of Some NT Books”
  10. “Early Christians Believed that Canonical Books Were Self-Authenticating”

17 Comments

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  2. Waht would you say the go to book on the canon is (or will shortly) be? Kruger’s Canon Revisited, this forthcoming one, Challenging the Status Quo, or something else by some author?

  3. [...] Warner Wallace tweeted this must-read post about a series of 10 posts by New Testament expert Mike [...]

  4. [...] is a good summary of mainstream evangelical belief about the canon (with links to posts elaborating each). It’s a start, though anyone familiar with the history [...]

  5. Yeah for this!!! We really need to explain this to people!!

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  7. [...] Here’s a link to the links: [...]

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  9. [...] a skeptical friend.”- 10 Basic Facts About the NT Canon that Every Christian Should Memorize, RT The Gospel Coalition [...]

  10. [...] Watch the full eight-minute conversation to hear Kruger discuss the authenticity of the (anonymous) book of Hebrews, the church's role in canonization, where Protestants and Catholics part ways, and more. Kruger has also addressed these issues in Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books (Crossway, 2012) and The Question of Canon: Challenging the Status Quo in the New Testament Debate (InterVarsity, forthcoming, 2013). For a series aimed at laypeople see Kruger's "10 Basic Facts about the NT Canon Every Christian Should Memorize." [...]

  11. Roberto Roquel

    Hi! I just want to ask if can I get your permission to translate this articles to spanish, thanks!

  12. [...] “10 Basic Facts About The New Testament Canon That Every Christian Should Memorize” by Justin [...]

  13. [...] in Charlotte, on “Why You Can Rely on the Canon.”  (Justin Taylor also provides this 10 Basic Facts about the Canon that has been written by Kruger.)  I have to earnestly commend all of these to anyone, because [...]

  14. [...] Watch the full eight-minute conversation to hear Kruger discuss the authenticity of the (anonymous) book of Hebrews, the church’s role in canonization, where Protestants and Catholics part ways, and more. Kruger has also addressed these issues in Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books (Crossway, 2012) and The Question of Canon: Challenging the Status Quo in the New Testament Debate (InterVarsity, forthcoming, 2013). For a series aimed at laypeople see Kruger’s “10 Basic Facts about the NT Canon Every Christian Should Memorize.” [...]

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