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The Canon of the New Testament: Its Origin, Development, and Significance

The Canon of the New Testament: Its Origin, Development, and Significance

Metzger, Bruce M.


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Is the canon still open? Which form of a text is canonical? Is the canon a collection of authoritative books or an authoritative collection? Dr. Bruce Metzger, tackles these questions, discusses the pressures that led to the fixing of the canon, and gives detailed attention to both Western and Eastern texts including the Syrian, Armenian, Georgian, Coptic, and Ethiopian. This book completes his New Testament trilogy.

336 pages
Published 1997

Book Details

336 Pages
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN 10: 0198269544
ISBN 13: 9780198269540

"This standard work traces the history of the New Testament canon, providing many valuable references from early church fathers. Metzger wrestles along the way with such questions as “is there a canon within the canon” and whether the canon is “a collection of authoritative books” or “an authoritative collection of books.” Metzger’s overviews and answers are generally quite helpful. Notable is his defense of a 2nd century date of the much-discussed canon list known as the Muratorian Fragment."
- Brandon Crowe, Assistant Professor of New Testament, Westminster Theological Seminary