Thursday, September 17, 2009
Orthodoxy & Scripture 3A: History of the New Testament
This video is part 3A in my series on Holy Scripture. In this video, I begin discussing the history of the New Testament and the process by which the Holy Spirit guided the Church to canonize our current 27 books. This video discusses the criteria by which candidates for Holy Scripture were judged, the three major classifications of candidates for Holy Scripture, and the opinions of various early Fathers, in chronological order, on what was and wasn't Holy Scripture.
By the far the best website I've seen on the development of the New Testament canon is NTCanon.org .
An excellent table of which Fathers (and heretics) accepted which books can be found here.
Also included on this website is a table with more information about the books which were candidates for Holy Scripture in the early Church but are not included in our current New Testament, including links to websites where you can read the texts. You can view this here.
To read the writings of Sts. Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch, Polycarp of Smyrna, Justin the Philosopher, Irenaeus and more Apostolic Fathers, click here.
To read the writings of St. Clement of Alexandria, click here.
To read the Muratorian Fragment, an anonymous early list of canonical New Testament books, click here.
If you're interested in this topic, I highly suggest that you pick up a copy of Bruce Metzger's The Canon of the New Testament; it's pricey but by far the best modern scholarly work on the development of the New Testament canon.
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