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Which forces prevailed in forming the New Testament canon? Discussing the selection process book-by-book, Dungan re-examines our primary source---Eusebius---and reaches startling new conclusions. Discover why the term "canon" is inaccurate; how the 4th- and 5th-century Roman government enforced the imposition of a "rule" upon Scripture; and which political influences shaped the NT before Marcion's time. 96 pages, softcover from Fortress.
Format: Paperback Number of Pages: 224 Vendor: Augsburg Fortress Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches) ISBN: 0800637909 ISBN-13: 9780800637903 Availability: Usually ships in 24-48 hours.
Most college and seminary courses on the New Testament include discussions of the process that gave shape to the New Testament. Now David Dungan re-examines the primary source for this history, the Ecclesiastical History of the fourth-century Bishop Eusebius of Caesarea, in the light of Hellenistic political thought. He reaches startling new conclusions: that we usually use the term "canon" incorrectly; that the legal imposition of a "canon" or "rule" upon scripture was a fourth- and fifth-century phenomenon enforced with the power of the Roman imperial government; that the forces shaping the New Testament canon are much earlier than the second-century crisis occasioned by Marcion, and that they are political forces.Dungan discusses how the scripture selection process worked, book-by-book, as he examines the criteria used-and not used-to make these decisions. Finally he describes the consequences of the emperor Constantine's tremendous achievement in transforming orthodox, Catholic Christianity into imperial Christianity.