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New Testament Canon
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A collection of 27 writings universally accepted by the Church as inspired by God and authoritative. These 27 writings are historically understood by the Church to be written by Jesus’ apostles or their associates, orthodox in their teachings, traditionally used by the Church, and fitting for wide usage, especially in worship settings and discipleship.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Canon, New Testament
Canon, New Testament A collection of 27 writings universally accepted by the Church as inspired by God and authoritative. These 27 writings are historically understood by the Church to be written by Jesus’ apostles or their associates, orthodox in their teachings, traditionally used by the Church, and
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Canon of ScriptureNew Testament
CANON OF SCRIPTURE—NEW TESTAMENT. What books belong in the NT? This is a question not often asked because there is such a complete agreement on the subject. All branches of Christendom explicitly state that they receive the 27 books of our NT as properly belonging to the sacred collection—the canon.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Canon of the New Testament
Canon of the New TestamentOne cannot discuss the issue of the NT canon today without acknowledging a diversity of evaluations on the part of scholars who approach it from diverse starting points. The following account assumes the permanent validity of the traditional NT canon but is written in dialogue
Dictionary of New Testament Background
Canonical Formation of the New Testament
CANONICAL FORMATION OF THE NEW TESTAMENTThe NT canon, a fixed and closed collection of twenty-seven documents, was the outcome of a process spanning the first through the fifth centuries. This process was characterized by two movements: the growth of Christian writings and their rise to scriptural status,
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Canon of Scripture, NT
CANON OF SCRIPTURE, THE NEW TESTAMENT. Although the churches of the West are divided as to the position of the OT Apocrypha, they have joined in ratifying one canon of the NT.
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Canon (NT)
canon (NT). The authoritative collection of twenty-seven books comprising the NT section of the Bible and accepted by the Christian church as Holy Scripture. I. The importance of the subject II. Some definitions of important terms III. The apostolic approach IV. Evidence from the second century
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