The Biblical Canon Lists from Early Christianity: Text and Analysis

December 3, 2020
The Biblical Canon Lists from Early Christianity: Text and Analysis

The Bible took shape over the course of centuries, and todayChristian groups continue to disagree over details of its contents.The differences among these groups typically involve the OldTestament, as they mostly accept the same 27-book New Testament. Anessential avenue for understanding the development of the Bible arethe many early lists of canonical books drawn up by Christians and,occasionally, Jews. Despite the importance of these early lists ofbooks, they have remained relatively inaccessible. Thiscomprehensive volume redresses this unfortunate situation bypresenting the early Christian canon lists all together in a singlevolume. The canon lists, in most cases, unambiguously report whatthe compilers of the lists considered to belong to the biblicalcanon. For this reason they bear an undeniable importance in thehistory of the Bible.The Biblical Canon Lists from Early Christianity provides anaccessible presentation of these early canon lists. With a focus onthe first four centuries, the volume supplies the full text of thecanon lists in English translation alongside the original text,usually Greek or Latin, occasionally Hebrew or Syriac. Edmon L.Gallagher and John D. Meade orient readers to each list with briefintroductions and helpful notes, and they point readers to the mostsignificant scholarly discussions. The book begins with asubstantial overview of the history of the biblical canon, and anentire chapter is devoted to the evidence of biblical manuscriptsfrom the first millennium. This authoritative work is anindispensable guide for students and scholars of biblical studiesand church history.