“The decision(s) to collect a group of chosen books and form a ‘Scripture,’ are all human decisions.” ~ James Barr
Does this quote cause the hair on the back of your neck to rise slightly? Is Mr. Barr’s conclusion correct? Was it entirely by human reckoning that the books that comprise our Bibles today were chosen?
I was recently confronted with similar suggestions. This confrontation led me to where I’m nearly always led… the book store.
Highly recommended by Monergism is Michael J. Kruger’s “Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books.” It made their top eight of 2012 in the midst of such writes as D. A. Carson’s “The Intolerance of Tolerance,” and John Piper’s “Risk is Right: Better to Lose Your Life Than to Waste It (both in my library).”
Looking forward to sharing my findings, and of course, getting a better grasp on the authenticity and reliability of the decision to canonize the twenty seven New Testament books we Protestants hold in our hands. After all, our faith is founded in its contents.
- What Should Protestants Do With The Apocrypha? (simuliustusetpeccator.com)
- Personal Canon (wallacegsmith.wordpress.com)
- Pastor Clyde Wilton applies The Bible to Contemporary Issues in New Book (prweb.com)
- Book production in antiquity: New Cambridge History of the Bible (timothymichaellaw.com)