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The Primacy of the Scriptures in the Early Church – CHS 77

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

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Early Christian Understanding of Scripture, Tradition and Church Authority – CHS 72

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 succession states that the authority the apostles passes down to their legitimately appointed successors in the very churches they founded.

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Did Philo of Alexandria Reject the Deuterocanonical Books? – CHS 51

Did Philo reject the Deuterocanonical books? In this episode, we discuss some of the historical, textual

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Was There a Canon of Scripture in North Africa before 393? – CHS 49

Was There a Canon of Scripture in North Africa before 393?

Did the North African Church possess a canon of Scripture before 393? In this episode, we discuss

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Does Quotation Equal Canonicity? Pt 3 – CHS 48

Does Quotation Equal Canonicity? Pt 3

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What are the implications of the fact that quotation does not equal canonicity? In this episode, we will explore the full consequences of concluding that

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Does Quotation Equal Canonicity? Pt 1 – CHS 44

Does Quotation Equal Canonicity? Pt 1

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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 these books.

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The Canon of Scripture and Christian Unity – CHS 41

The Canon of Scripture and Christian Unity

What is the relationship between the canon of Scripture and the Unity of Christians? Among other things, we discuss Martin Luther’s early 1519 Leipzig debate with the Catholic theologian and scholar, Johannes Eck.

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How Unique Was Augustine in Resolving Conflicting Canonical Lists? – CHSae 04

How Unique Was Augustine in Resolving Conflicting Canonical Lists?

How unique were Augustine’s statements about conflicting canons of Scripture? In this bonus episode,

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Jesus, the Apostles, the First-Century Church and the Canon – CHS 037

Jesus, the Apostles, the First-Century Church and the Canon

In this episode, we answer a listener’s question who asks: Could one establish the canon by solely examining the testimonies of Jesus, the Apostles and the first-century Church?

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The Canon of Scripture and How Christians Know Anything About Christianity – CHS 036

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?

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Anonymity in Ancient Christian Texts – CHS 032

Anonymity in Ancient Christian Texts

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Why were some early Christian documents written anonymously?

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The Unique Character of the Muratorian Canon – CHS 031

The Unique Character of the Muratorian Canon

What makes the Muratorian Canon (ca. 150-200) so different from other lists of New Testament books created in the early church?

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The Bible and the Canon – Similarities and Differences in Terminology – CHS 0026

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.”

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Jerome and the Old Testament Canon pt 1 – Life, Context and Work – CHS 0024

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.

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The Old Testament Canon Pt 2 – The Church’s Selection of Books – CHS 0022

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

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The OT Canon Pt 1 – Between Jewish Diversity and Gnostic Rejections – CHS 0021

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.

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Concluding Thoughts on How the New Testament Was Formed pt 10

Concluding Thoughts on How the New Testament Was Formed pt 10

What does history of the canon of Scripture tell us about the authority of the church? In this episode we explore the theological and historical implications of the canon

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The Popes Determined the Canon of Scripture – How the New Testament Was Formed pt 9

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

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The Councils Determined the Canon of Scripture – How the New Testament Was Formed pt 8

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

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Patristic Reception – How the New Testament Was Formed – pt. 7 – chs 00012

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

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Orthodoxy – How the New Testament Was Formed pt 6 – CHS 0011

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

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Reception of Books by the Churches – How the New Testament Was Formed pt 5 – CHS 0010

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

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Apostolic Transfer of Books – How the New Testament Was Formed – NT Canon Series pt 4 – CHS 0009

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

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Antiquity – The Criteria for Canonicity – NT Canon Series pt 3 – CHS 0008

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

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Apostolic Origin – What Were the Criteria for Canonicity – NT Canon Series pt 2 – CHS 0007

How did the early church decide which books of the New Testament it was going to use? In this episode, we will discuss the first criterion used by early Christian leaders in determining

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Criteria for Determining New Testament Canon Used by Early Church – Canon of Scripture pt 4 – CHS 0006

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

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Canon of Scripture pt 3 – Which Criteria did the Early Church Use to Establish the Old Testament Canon? – CHS 0005

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

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Canon of Scripture pt 2 – When was the Canon of the Bible Established? – CHS 0004

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Canon of Scripture pt 1 – What is the Canon and Why it is Important

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…
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