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The New Testament Canon and the Techniques of Modern Scholarship

John Reumann

in Variety and Unity in New Testament Thought

Published in print July 1991 | ISBN: 9780198262015
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682285 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198262015.003.0002

Series: Oxford Bible Series

The New Testament Canon and the Techniques of Modern Scholarship

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Just as the idea of an ‘historical introduction’ exists as a field of study for the rise of early Christian literature or Christian beginnings, thus there is also historical study of the development of the New Testament canon. Establishment of the New Testament canon had its own long, slow evolution. It was at points interrelated with questions of what books to take over from ancient Israel. Happily, today, virtually all Christian groups agree on the same twenty-seven items for their New Testament list. The story of the canonization process which stretched over three or four centuries after the final book was written which eventually was accepted into the Christian collection known as the New Testament. For some in canonical criticism, to address merely unity and diversity in the New Testament is too little; one must think of the Bible as Scripture, not two testaments.

Keywords: Christian literature; New Testament; ancient Israel; Bible; canon; Scripture

Chapter.  4476 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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