The New Testament Canon and the Church

There have been various attacks on the New Testament for many years; it's nothing new when someone levels an objection or complaint against it.  Recent attacks include setting Paul against Jesus, using apocryphal books to discredit the NT, and saying the formation of the canon was a power-move of the early church.  Andreas Kostenberger and… Continue reading The New Testament Canon and the Church

The Apocrypha and NT Studies

In chapter two of his excellent study of Jewish literature from the Second Temple period (586 BC - 135 AD), Larry Helyer discusses the Apocrypha (mostly Tobit and the Additions to the Book of Daniel).  In this chapter, Helyer takes some time to explain how a knowledge of the Apocrypha can be a helpful tool… Continue reading The Apocrypha and NT Studies

Canon Shapes Community

Walter Bauer’s (d. 1960) discussion of canon in the last century has led many scholars to believe that the early church created the canon by choosing the books that should be included in it.  This is a popular theory today, but it’s not one without holes.  Michael Kruger and Andreas Kostenberger argue well against Bauer’s… Continue reading Canon Shapes Community

The Miraculous Nature of the OT

 Nahum Sarna’s Understanding Genesis (New York: Schocken Books, Inc. 1966) is a great resource for studying the first book of the Bible from a Jewish perspective.  I especially liked the introduction, where Sarna talks about OT studies in general in light of higher criticism and fundamentalism.  In one section of the introduction, Sarna explains how… Continue reading The Miraculous Nature of the OT

Attributes of Canonicity (Kruger)

As I mentioned in earlier posts, Kruger’s work on the NT Scriptures, Canon Revisited, is an outstanding contribution to NT studies.  Here’s a nice explanation of the three attributes of canonicity (1) divine qualities, 2) apostolic origins, 3) received by the corporate church) and how they relate to the self-authenticating aspect of the canon. “What… Continue reading Attributes of Canonicity (Kruger)