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Category: Canon of Scripture

What did early Christians think about the Scriptures? In this episode, I reflect upon a comment left in class by my former instructor, the late Manlio Simonetti, who stated that in the early church, the Scriptures enjoyed a primacy of place in early Christian Read More
What did early Christians of the greater church think about the relationship between Scripture, tradition and the authority the church. In this episode, we argue that early Christians of the greater church believed that apostolic session was the glue connecting the early post-apostolic church to the apostles and ultimately to Christ. The teaching of apostolic… Read More
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Does Quotation Equal Canonicity? Pt 1 Does quotation equal canonicity? Certain Protestant scholars and apologists have frequently appealed to the principle that quotation equals canonicity. In other words, when such Christian authors as Polycarp, Ignatius and Clement of Rome appealed to the statements of Scripture, they were recognizing, at least implicitly, the canonical status of… Read More
The Canon of Scripture and How Christians Know Anything About Christianity What is the relationship between the canon of Scripture, the Church’s authority and what the ways Christians are able to know anything about Christian revelation? Read More
The Bible and the Canon - Similarities and Differences in Terminology What is the difference between the canon of Scripture and the Bible. In this episode we discuss the key differences and similarities in the terms "canon" and "Bible." Read More
Jerome and the Old Testament Canon pt 1 - Life, Context and Work Since the sixteenth-century and even much earlier, Jerome’s (ca. 331/347-419/420) has had an enormous impact on the way Christians have thought about the canon of the Old Testament. Read More
The Old Testament Canon Pt 2 - The Church's Selection of Books How did the Catholic Church determine its canon of Old Testament books? In this episode we will explore the history of the Old Testament Canon and the Christian witnesses Read More
The OT Canon Pt 1 - Between Jewish Diversity and Gnostic Rejections How did the Catholic Church come to its canon of Old Testament books? In this episode we will explore the history of the Old Testament Canon and the Jewish witness to a diversity of scriptural books. Read More
The Popes Determined the Canon of Scripture - How the New Testament Was Formed pt 9 How did the early church decide which books of the New Testament it was going to use? In this episode, we will discuss another criterion used by early Christian leaders in determining Read More
The Councils Determined the Canon of Scripture - How the New Testament Was Formed pt 8 How did the early church decide which books of the New Testament it was going to use? In this episode, we will discuss another criterion used by early Christian leaders in determining Read More
How did the early church decide which books of the New Testament it was going to use? In this episode, we will discuss the various criteria used by early Christian leaders in determining Read More
How did the early church decide which books of the Old Testament it was going to use? In this episode, we will discuss the various criteria used by early Christian leaders in determining Read More
The canon of Scripture proves to be among the least known subjects among twenty-first century Christians but its impact touches nearly every facet of the notable points of difference between Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox Christians. In this episode we provide a general introduction to the nature of the canon of Scripture and its continual relevance… Read More
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