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)

Ehrman’s Unhistorical Standard

Bart Ehrman argues that since there is much diversity in early religious texts, no version of Christianity is the right one (so he talks about “lost Christianities”).  Michael Kruger and Andreas Kostenberger counter Ehrman’s logic quite well in The Heresy of Orthodoxy.  Here’s one section of this book that tackles Ehrman’s (over)emphasis on diversity. “In… Continue reading Ehrman’s Unhistorical Standard

A Closed Canon

   In 1934, Walter Bauer argued that there was no clear line between heresy and orthodoxy in the early church, but since the orthodox were stronger, their views eventually prevailed in what we now call the New Testament (a sort of survival of the fittest).  Bart Ehrman has taken this thesis and run with it. … Continue reading A Closed Canon

Christianity or Christianities?

Though our readers might not know who Walter Bauer is, I’m sure many of you have heard of Bart Ehrman.  Ehrman has written scores of books, including Misquoting Jesus, Lost Christianities, Lost Scriptures, and The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture (among others).  One major part of Ehrman’s writing is his revival of Bauer’s 100-year-old thesis.  What… Continue reading Christianity or Christianities?

A Critique of Childs’ Canonical Method

Frequent readers of this blog will know that Andrew and I are in many ways appreciative of the canonical insights of former Yale OT professor Brevard Childs (d. 2007).  Childs has well emphasized that we should focus on the final form of the biblical text and therefore interpret Scripture in a canonical, holistic manner.  Childs… Continue reading A Critique of Childs’ Canonical Method