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    10 Basic Facts About the NT Canon that Every Christian Should Memorize

    Mike Kruger, author of Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books (Crossway, 2012) has a good series on the New Testament canon, designed to help understand ten basic facts about its origins. Targets a a lay audience.

    1. “The New Testament Books are the Earliest Christian Writings We Possess
    2. “Apocryphal Writings Are All Written in the Second Century or Later
    3.“The New Testament Books Are Unique Because They Are Apostolic Books
    4."Some NT Writers Quote Other NT Writers as Scripture
    5.“The Four Gospels are Well Established by the End of the Second Century
    6.“At the End of the Second Century, the Muratorian Fragment lists 22 of Our 27 NT Books
    7.“Early Christians Often Used Non-Canonical Writings
    8.“The NT Canon Was Not Decided at Nicea—Nor Any Other Church Council
    9. “Christians Did Disagree about the Canonicity of Some NT Books
    10. “Early Christians Believed that Canonical Books Were Self-Authenticating

    Posted by John on July 22, 2013 05:41 PM


    Just a slight inconsistency in the articles related to the first two points - point 1 mentiones 1 Clement being dated at 96, then point 2 mentions that all apocryphal writings date in the 2nd C and beyond. Or is 1 Clement not considered part of the Apocrypha?

    The letter 1 Clement dates from the late 1st or early 2nd century, and ranks with Didache as one of the earliest — if not the earliest — of extant Christian documents outside the canonical New Testament. 1 Clement was not accepted in the canonical New Testament but it is part of the Apostolic Fathers collection. - not a gnostic text - just one of the writings of the early church fathers.

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