Monday, July 4, 2011

Yale Open Course: New Testament 2

In the second lecture, the prof talks about canon.

He says that the motto of the class is "Doubt Everything."

The canon was formed over time by consensus opinion of church leaders and lay people.  Several different canons were in circulation, and that is the case today, as well.

Interesting bits:

  • Paul did not write Ephesians
  • Peter did not write Second Peter
  • Marcion the Heretic only included in his canon 10 of the 13 letters attributed to Paul
  • Earliest known list of canon that includes the 27-books of of today's NT is from 367 CE
  • Some Eastern/Middle Eastern churches still don't accept the Revelation of John in their bibles

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