Christ Church Cambridge is hosting a variety of seminars (see full listing) this autumn, covering a range of biblical and church-related topics. I am leading a 4-week series covering how and why we consider the biblical books authoritative for faith and practice. Specifically, we will be covering the following questions, among others:
- What exactly is canon, and why does it matter?
- Who “picked” the books (if anyone), and on what grounds?
- Who decided we needed a canon in the first place, and who “closed” it?
- Why are some books considered part of the biblical canon and not others?
- Why do the Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Orthodox churches have different canons?
- What are we to make of all the other works that are roughly contemporaneous with the OT/NT but which were not received as canonical?
- How can we know we have accurate copies of the right books?
The seminar audios and handouts for each class will be posted below as they become available. If you would like the full set of teaching notes, feel free to email me.
Audio and Outlines
Apologies that the audio is not the best quality.
|(9/16) Introduction to canon: What is canon, why does it matter? How does covenant relate to canon? Did the authors of the biblical books know what they were doing?||Audio||Handout|
|(9/23) Old Testament Canon: How did the “Hebrew Bible” emerge? What do we make of the Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, and Dead Sea Scrolls?||Audio||Handout|
|(9/30) New Testament Canon (Part A): Standard extrinsic model (criteria of canon); Reformed self-authenticating model||Audio||Handout|
|(10/7) New Testament Canon (Part B): Do we have accurate copies of the canonical books? What do we make of the apocryphal gospels and other non-canonical works in the NT era?||Audio*||Handout|
* Apologies that this audio only represents the last 30 minutes of the session (on apocryphal gospels). I forgot to turn on the recorder for the first hour (on textual transmission).
- The Question of Canon (Michael Kruger)
- Who Chose the Gospels? Probing the Great Gospel Conspiracy (Charles Hill)
- The Canon of Scripture (F.F. Bruce)
- The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? (F.F. Bruce)
- The Canon of the New Testament (Bruce Metzger)
- Redemptive History and the New Testament Scriptures (Herman Ridderbos)
- Noncanonical Writings and New Testament Interpretation (Craig A. Evans)
- Old Testament Textual Criticism (Ellis Brotzman)
- The Old Testament Documents: Are They Reliable & Relevant? (Walter Kaiser)