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The Canon of Scripture Hardcover – November 28, 1988
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And right up to the present day, there are those who feel that the Apocrypha should be included in the canon of Scripture, and the Roman Catholic church regards them as such today.
Bruce takes the time to discuss individual theologians such as Jerome, Origen, Tertullian, Augustine, Clement of Alexandria, Irenaeus, Athanasius, and many others and whenever possible, he furnishes their choices for books whoch were deemed fit for the canon of Scripture. Apparently, Athansius' trip to Rome in 350 AD was decisive for helping the western church decide on the 27 books of the New Testament that we now have today. Before this, they were hedging on Hebrews, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, Revelation, James and 2 and 3 John.
The book concludes with a couple of the author's lectures on the subect of the secret gospel of Mark (which he rejects) and the difference between the plenary meaning of scripture and the meaning in context.
Given the bizarre conspiracy theories and claims of Dan Brown and teh da Vinci Code crowd, Bruce's book is even more relevant than when it was written. I own two copies and bought another for our church library. Get Metzger's book also.
Technical note: He uses topic sentences (much easier to follow his reasoning with this method). This book uses footnotes instead of endnotes for easier reference. His documentation is amazingly broad (he does not pull from exclusively contemporary opinion, but source documents).
He explains not only OT and NT canon, but also the criteria for canon inclusion. He is lucid. This book is clear and the progression is easy to follow.
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This book is extremely informative. The author comes from a viewpoint that is slightly less conservative than my own, but he is fair and balanced in his treatment, and extremely... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Josiah Luke Spencer
The Canon of Scripture by F. F. Bruce is nothing short of a landmark publication on the subject of the biblical canon. Read morePublished 6 months ago by sojotheo
Well written. Good book with very easy to read and well organized information.Published 11 months ago by RHH
Like everything by the late F.F. Bruce, this is an excellent book describing how the Canon of Scripture was decided One of my favorite parts is on page 130 and says, "What is... Read morePublished 12 months ago by J. Henson