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Was the Council of Trent the First Ecumenical Council to Canonize the Deuterocanonical Books? – CHS 84

An image of the Council of Trent meeting in assembly. The presiders of the council are set to the left with the bishops and theologians to the right.

Was the Council of Trent the First Ecumenical Council to Canonize the Deuterocanonical Books?

In general introductions to the history of the Bible or in books critical of Catholic Christianity, the claim is often made that the Council of Trent was the first ecumenical Council to canonize the Deuterocanonical books. This claim is made

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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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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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What Have I Learned from My 2018 Work on the Catholic Heritage Show? – CHS 43

What Have I Learned from My 2018 Work on the Catholic Heritage Show?

What have I learned from my 2018 work on the Catholic Heritage Show? In this episode we will talk about the three major lessons I have learned is a direct result of my work in the Catholic Heritage Show.

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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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Examples of Fraternal Correction in Church History – CHS 035

Examples of Fraternal Correction in Church History

What are some examples of fraternal correction down through church history? In this episode, we will review a couple examples of fraternal correction at key points in the history of the Church.

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Jerome, Scholarship and the Deuterocanonical Books – CHS 028

Jerome, Scholarship and the Deuterocanonical Books

In an earlier episode, Dr. Erik Estrada claimed that it is almost virtually impossible to root out the idea from scholarship that Jerome rejected the Deuterocanonical books.

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Augustine, Jerome and Their Use of Each Other’s Writings – CHS 027

Augustine, Jerome and Their Use of Each Other’s Writing

What was the connection between Jerome and Augustine? Were they contemporaries? Did they influence on each other?

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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 2 – Three Perspectives on Deuterocanonical Books – CHS 0025

Jerome and the Old Testament Canon pt 2 – Three Perspectives on Deuterocanonical Books

Over the course of his life (ca. 331/347-419/420), Jerome adopted three perspectives toward the canon of the Old Testament. Although he is very often seen as one who completely rejected the authority of the Deuterocanonical books (e.g., Judith, Tobit and Sirach),

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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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Church Scandals, the Papacy and Augustine of Hippo – CHS 018

Church Scandals, Reform and Augustine of Hippo

 

Augustine of Hippo provides us an historical example of how one bishop dealt with challenges involving the Bishop of Rome in regards to Church discipline and doctrine.

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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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