Best book for history of NT Canon?

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David Mitchell | Forum Activity | Posted: Thu, Jul 17 2014 10:59 PM

Hi, would you let me know what has helped you on this subject - thanks!

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 17 2014 11:35 PM

http://community.logos.com/forums/p/15220/116862.aspx

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Ronald Quick | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jul 18 2014 4:58 AM

The Canon Debate by McDonald and Sanders is good.  It's not available in Logos (I wish it were), but this resource is:

https://www.logos.com/product/39629/biblical-canon-its-origin-transmission-and-authority

I haven't read it, but it's by McDonald also.

 

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Lonnie Spencer | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jul 18 2014 7:04 AM

"The Canon of Scripture" by F.F. Bruce

https://www.logos.com/product/2979/the-canon-of-scripture

I have also enjoyed reading "How we got the Bible" by Neil Lightfoot. But it is only available as part of the Baker Bible Study collection, https://www.logos.com/product/35359/baker-bible-study-collection

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Donnie Hale | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jul 18 2014 7:35 AM

Some recent books, unfortunately not in Logos:

http://amzn.com/0199566364

http://amzn.com/0830840311

Donnie

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Simon | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jul 18 2014 9:11 AM

I think McDonald, Biblical canon is the standard work.
https://www.logos.com/product/39629/biblical-canon-its-origin-transmission-and-authority

You might want to read something from a early canon perspective, like Kruger, Canon Revisited or Bruce,The Canon of Scripture
http://www.amazon.com/Canon-Revisited-Establishing-Authority-Testament-ebook/dp/B007RPROCS/
https://www.logos.com/product/2979/the-canon-of-scripture

It's best to read McDonald first, to get an idea of the terminology used in the debate and the confusion about the definition of terms like 'canon' and 'scripture'. McDonalds gives a clear overview of how the term canon is used and gives a useful discussion about how he understands the term canon. I find his distinction between canon 1 and canon 2 very useful.

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jul 18 2014 10:16 AM

Donnie Hale:

Some recent books, unfortunately not in Logos:

http://amzn.com/0199566364

http://amzn.com/0830840311

Logos really needs to get on the ball with building a relationship with Oxford University Press (who published that first one), as they've got lots of good stuff. The second one is by IVP Academic so it should be something Logos ought to be able to get, and hopefully sooner rather than later.

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jul 18 2014 2:15 PM

Simple and to the point on the New Testament: Encountering the New Testament: A Historical and Theological Survey (The introductory article is awesome) and How We Got the New Testament: Text, Transmission, Translation by Stanley E. Porter (The whole thing was a delight to read and very informative).  Both works are from Baker Academic.

For the Old Testament: Encountering the Old Testament: A Christian Survey has a great introductory article on how we got the Old Testament.

DAL

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