Neither individuals nor councils created the canon; instead they came to recognize and acknowledge the self-authenticating quality of these writings, which imposed themselves as canonical upon the church. ~ Bruce Metzger
Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books
This study of the New Testament canon and its authority looks deeper than the traditional surveys of councils and creeds, mining the biblical text itself for direction in understanding what the original authors and audiences believed the canon to be. In contrast to the prior volumes on canon, Canon Revisited distinguishes itself by placing a substantial focus on the theology of canon as the context within which the historical evidence is evaluated and assessed. In effect, this work successfully unites both the theology and the historical development of the canon, ultimately serving as a practical defense for the authority of the New Testament books.
Books on the Formation of the NT Canon
- Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books
- Canon of Scripture by F.F. Bruce
- A High View of Scripture?: The Authority of the Bible and the Formation of the New Testament Canon
How did the New Testament canon develop?