The Formulation and Recognition of the Canonical Books Essay

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THE FORMULATION AND RECOGNITION OF THE CANONICAL BOOKS

A PAPER SUBMITTED TO PROFESSOR C. PAUL KING
IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS
FOR HISTORY OF THE CHURCH I 301

DEPARTMENT OF CHURCH HISTORY

BY
GLENN ROGERS

LYNCHBURG. VIRGINIA
10 NOVEMBER 2012

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Table of Contents 2
Introduction 3
Reason or Need for Adoption of a Canon of Scripture 4
Key Events that were Influential in Recognition of the Canon 5
Individuals and Councils that Helped Shape the Canon 6
Conclusion 8
Works Cited
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H. I. Hester writes in his book entitled The Heart of the New Testament, “The term “canon” as applied to accepted authoritative Christian writing was first used in Alexandria, Egypt. In modern usage the term canon means the list of biblical books which are recognized as inspired by the Holy Spirit and authoritative.” The stories contained in the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible are of paramount importance to the faith and spiritual development of every Christian alive today. Human minds may never completely understand all that is contained in Holy Writ but this research paper will also attempt to shed some light on some of the factors that help determine what biblical books are considered canon today.
Reason or Need for Adoption of a Canon of Scripture There were many reasons for the adaption of a canon of Scripture. One good reason is the basis of Christianity is found in the authority of Scripture. The chief editor, Ted Byfield, wrote in his book, The Christians: Their First Two Thousands Years, the following:
“The further in time and distance that the Christian movement spread from its point of origin in Bethlehem and Jerusalem, the more the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Apostles diverged and discrepancies arose in the retelling of the gospel story. By the end of the second century, there were in circulation some forty seven hundred relevant manuscripts and one hundred thousand written quotations or allusions to Jesus or early church

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