The Canon of Scripture   -     By: F.F. Bruce
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The Canon of Scripture

Inter-Varsity Press / 1988 / Hardcover

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After nearly nineteen centuries, the content of the canon is still debated by Christians and scholars. Who decided what the canon should include? What criteria were used? In this significant study, F.F. Bruce brings the wisdom of a lifetime to bear in answering questions and clearing away confusion about the Christian canon. 350 pages, hardcover from InterVarsity.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 349
Vendor: Inter-Varsity Press
Publication Date: 1988
Dimensions: 6 1/4 X 9 1/4 X 1 (inches)
ISBN: 083081258X
ISBN-13: 9780830812585
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Publisher's Description

Winner of two 1990 Christianity Today Awards: Readers' Choice (1st place; theology & doctrine) and Critics' Choice (1st place; theology & doctrine). A 1989 ECPA Gold Medallion Award winner! How did the books of the Bible come to be recognized as Holy Scripture? Who decided what shape the canon should take? What criteria influenced these decisions? After nearly nineteen centuries the canon of Scripture still remains an issue of debate. Protestants, Catholics and the Orthodox all have slightly differing collections of documents in their Bibles. Martin Luther, one of the early leaders of the Reformation, questioned the inclusion of the book of James in the canon. And many Christians today, while confessing the authority of all of Scripture, tend to rely on only a few books and particular themes while ignoring the rest. Scholars have raised many other questions as well. Research into second-century Gnostic texts have led some to argue that politics played a significant role in the formation of the Christian canon. Assessing the influence of ancient communities and a variety of disputes on the final shaping of the canon call for ongoing study. In this significant historical study, F. F. Bruce brings the wisdom of a lifetime of reflection and biblical interpretation to bear in answering the questions and clearing away the confusion surrounding the Christian canon of Scripture. Adept in both Old and New Testament studies, he brings a rare comprehensive perspective to his task. Though some issues have shifted since the original publication of this book, it still remains a significant landmark and touchstone for further studies.

Author Bio

F. F. Bruce (1910-1990) was Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis at the University of Manchester in England. During his distinguished career, he wrote more than forty bestselling commentaries and books, including several titles published by InterVarsity Press, and He also served as general editor of The New International Commentary on the New Testament.

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  1. Bill
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Good presentation of the development of the canon
    August 13, 2013
    Bill
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Bruce presents a thorough analysis of the development of the canon of the Bible. His details ensure us of the accepted inspired documents with a deep historical rendering.
  2. oldmanchubb
    Age: 25-34
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Read If You Want To Understand NT Canon Issues
    September 22, 2012
    oldmanchubb
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    FF Bruce was a tremendously influential evangelical theologian/author of the mid/late 20th century. I'd recommend picking up any commentary or book he wrote and I would wholeheartedly recommend this as a great first read.

    Prior to reading this book, I understood the Bible as simply always sorta being around and never really thought about questions of how and why. This is a fantastic primer on canon issues and a great historical background to the formation of the New Testament - answering the question of how did they go from being 27 separate books to a collective whole and why we view these as authoritative and not others. For those unfamiliar with these issues, as well as for those seeking to understand some of the important thinkers and events in the early post-NT church, this book is for you.
  3. JZhang
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    July 5, 2012
    JZhang
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 4
    Excellent book. He goes over the history of the formation of both the OT and NT.
  4. Greg Wolff
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 22, 2000
    Greg Wolff
    This book is a critical examination of how our "Bible" came to be accepted. Bruce takes an historical look at the councils and synods that met and the various criteria used to canonize various books of the Bible. This book is useful for scholars who are interested in looking at the origins of the current Bible, but does not address some of the more practical arguments raised by skeptics. A great book overall!
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