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Fourth-Century Catalogues

Geoffrey Mark Hahneman

in The Muratorian Fragment and the Development of the Canon

Published in print October 1992 | ISBN: 9780198263418
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682537 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263418.003.0005

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

Fourth-Century Catalogues

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Excluding the Muratorian Fragment, there are no catalogues of the Christian canon until the fourth century. The sudden and widespread appearance of New Testament catalogues confirms that the Fragment, if traditionally dated, is an anomaly in the formation of the canon. This chapter considers the various catalogues of the fourth century that are essential in understanding the place of the Fragment within the history of the canon. There is nothing about the form of the Fragment which distinguishes it from the fifteen undisputed catalogues of the fourth and early fifth centuries, and nothing that suggests that it was earlier than the others, or that it influenced their development. Rather, the Fragment appears as simply another New Testament list which ought to find its place among the others of that time.

Keywords: New Testament; Christian canon; fourth century; catalogues; Muratorian Fragment

Chapter.  17644 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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