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Mike Kruger, author of Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books has a good series on the New Testament canon, designed to help us understand ten basic facts:

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


An excellent, gentle introduction worth reading
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Thank you Patrick.
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These are good thank you.
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These are good thank you.


One of the main requirements were to either be an Apostle, or else associated with one to record an inspired book, and so that would eliminate any so called "new revelations" many have claimed throughout church history.

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I am currently reading a recently published book "The Enduring Authority of the Christian Scriptures" by D.A. Carson.  It is a massive 1180 page compilation of articles by various scholars (in typical Carson style).  Though the book is excellent on the matter of the unified testimony of most of the NT witness (and OT also) expressed in the historic canon, I am surprised that nothing is present in his book on the issue of high-canon dispute in both pre-Christ Judaism and early Christianity.  

I have an old book on my shelf by a German scholar that was required reading in one of my college Theology classes: "The Formation of the Christian Bible" by Hans Van Campenhausen.  I do not see any of the 'low canon' (antilegomena) issues raised in that work addressed in Carson's or any other conservative Reformed scholarly book.  If someone knows of a work confessing the infallibility/innerancy of Scripture (which I hold to) that nonetheless honestly deals with the early history of canon please let me know.  I am talking about issues regarding the origin and theology of the disputed books and passages (including the verses in Mark following 16:8).

An interesting fact on the Old Testament canon: Esther was always listed as part of the apocrypha (Athanasius included) until post-Reformation, Baruch had a higher status of regard.

I cannot find a significant work engaged by conservative Bible-believing scholars to harmonize Reformed theology with a realistic and proper view of canon history that abandons historical revisionism in argument (to date).  The issue is not skepticism of the Bible but a proper view of how it was formed and came down to us.

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One additional point: the best analysis I have found addressing some of my issues on this subject are the articles of James Swan on the Beggars All: Reformation & Apologetics blog.  But I know of no full published work.

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