Resources on the Canon of Scripture
By Matthew Barrett–
One of the most fascinating aspects of the doctrine of Scripture is the study of the Canon of Scripture. Today I simply want to point you to some resources by Michael Kruger, President and Professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte), that will help you think through how we define and understand the Canon of Scripture.
First of all, be sure to get a copy of two new books by Kruger. The first is his Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books (Crossway). In this book Kruger challenges some of the ways Christians and skeptics alike have defined the canon. The second book is an edited volume, co-edited with Charles E. Hill (also at RTS), called, The Early Text of the New Testament (Oxford University Press). (More on this book later in my “Book Notes.”)
Also, you can find a host of resources by Kruger on the Canon of Scripture on his website, Canon Fodder, including this series titled, “10 Misconceptions About the New Testament Canon.” As he says, “This series exams some common beliefs out there in the academic (and lay-level) communities that prove to be problematic upon closer examination.” Keep in mind that the series is still ongoing and you will need to check back in for further posts in the series.
Finally, you can also listen to Kruger’s series of lectures for RTS’s Kistemaker Lecture Series:
Matthew Barrett (Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Assistant Professor of Christian Studies at California Baptist University (OPS). Barrett has contributed book reviews and articles to various academic journals, and is the author of the forthcoming book with P&R, Salvation by Grace: The Case for Effectual Calling and Regeneration. He is the editor, along with Ardel Caneday, of the forthcoming book: Four Views on the Historical Adam (Zondervan, 2013). He also edited Whomever He Wills: A Surprising Display of Sovereign Mercy. He is the author of several other forthcoming books. He is married to Elizabeth and they have two daughters, Cassandra and Georgia.