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Michael J. Kruger: "The Complete Series: Ten Basic Facts About the NT Canon that Every Christian Should Memorize", Canon Fodder (MichaelJKruger.com), 02 March - 22 July 2013.


"For the last month or so, I have been working through a new series on the NT canon designed to help Christians understand ten basic facts about its origins." (Kruger)




#1: “The New Testament Books are the Earliest Christian Writings We Possess”

#2: “Apocryphal Writings are All Written in the Second Century or Later”

#3: “The New Testament Books Are Unique Because They Are Apostolic Books”

#4: “Some NT Writers Quote Other NT Writers as Scripture”

#5: “The Four Gospels are Well Established by the End of the Second Century”

#6: “At the End of the Second Century, the Muratorian Fragment lists 22 of our 27 NT books”

#7: “Early Christians Often Used Non-Canonical Writings”

#8: “The NT Canon Was Not Decided at Nicea—Nor Any Other Church Council”

#9: “Christians Did Disagree about the Canonicity of Some NT Books”

#10 “Early Christians Believed that Canonical Books were Self-Authenticating.”


Michael J. Kruger is President and Professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, NC.

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