Saturday, February 16, 2019

Evidence For An Early New Testament Canon

"1 Clement, written in AD 95 cites NT texts as equal in authority to those of the OT. Papias of Hieropolis, himself a disciple of John the Apostle, who lived from AD 60 to 120, describes the NT books and their authors, accepting them as having the same authority as the OT books. Other early Church Fathers such as Saint Ignatius of Antioch (martyred in AD 108), Saint Irenaeus of Lyons (AD 130-202), and Tertullian of Carthage (AD 155-240) all quoted from the NT books we have today as equal in authority to the books of the OT Canon. The archeological evidence follows suit with this literary evidence: the Muratorian Fragment (AD 155-200) and what are called the “Anti-Marcionite Prologues” (late second century AD) all attest to a second century church that already had a very good idea as to what was included and what was not included in the canon of Scripture."

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