How do you know which books are supposed to be in the Bible and which ones are not? Why was the amount of books somehow locked and the key tossed after the first century? If we wanted to, could we add another book or two, something perhaps written by one of our contemporaries? Who would be the judge? What would be the criteria? Michael Kruger’s Canon Revisited takes up these issues and more.
Kruger’s first chapter is long. But it is long because it needs to be and because he covers a lot of real estate. It doesn’t feel like a bad movie that drags on. In this chapter he focuses on one approach to determining the books of the Bible: Canon as community determined. The best known representative of this position is the Roman Catholic church. But there are others. … Read More »