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Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books di [Kruger, Michael J.]
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Given the popular-level conversations on phenomena like the Gospel of Thomas and Bart Ehrman’s Misquoting Jesus, as well as the current gap in evangelical scholarship on the origins of the New Testament, Michael Kruger’s Canon Revisited meets a significant need for an up-to-date work on canon by addressing recent developments in the field. He presents an academically rigorous yet accessible study of the New Testament canon that looks deeper than the traditional surveys of councils and creeds, mining the text itself for direction in understanding what the original authors and audiences believed the canon to be.

Canon Revisited provides an evangelical introduction to the New Testament canon that can be used in seminary and college classrooms, and read by pastors and educated lay leaders alike. In contrast to the prior volumes on canon, this volume distinguishes itself by placing a substantial focus on the theology of canon as the context within which the historical evidence is evaluated and assessed. Rather than simply discussing the history of canon—rehashing the Patristic data yet again—Kruger develops a strong theological framework for affirming and authenticating the canon as authoritative. In effect, this work successfully unites both the theology and the historical development of the canon, ultimately serving as a practical defense for the authority of the New Testament books.


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5.0 su 5 stelle Excellent Defense of the Canon 9 settembre 2012
Di Adam Smith - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Book Highlights

Quite simply put, this is an amazing book. I felt that after reading this book that I have a much stronger confidence in defending the idea of the formation of the canon of scripture. The author said himself in the introduction that: "The problem of the canon (at least as we are using the phrase here) refers to the fundamental question of how we, as Christians, can know that we have the right twenty-seven books in our New Testament".

Kruger says of this important book that he is addressing the de jure question and not the de facto question (see Alvin Plantinga's "Warranted Christian Belief"). He says of the de jure question: "The de jure objection argues not so much that Christian belief in the canon is false, but that Christians have no rational basis for thinking they could ever know such a thing in the first place....it would be irrational for Christians to claim that they know these twenty-seven are the right ones. By contrast, a de facto objection to the idea of the canon is that there are factual problems with the Bible, and therefore the Bible should be rejected. Kruger takes an interesting approach in his apologetic for the canon. While others defend the factual basis of scripture, Kruger tackles the more difficult epistemological issue; namely: whether or not it is rational to believe in the canon in the first place.

Kruger takes a two pronged approach in his defense.

In part one, "determining the canonical model", he examines different qualities of the canon. First, the canon was received by the community (corporate reception). The church was able to identify (with the help of the Holy Spirit) what was canonical and what was not. Second, the canon was historically determined. It was written by apostles or close associates of apostles (apostolic origins). The testimony of the apostles and the early church leaders solidified the place of the various canonical books. Third, the canon possessed divine qualities. Jesus had promised that the Spirit of Truth would lead the church into all truth and that he would bring to their remembrance the things that Jesus had said. Canonical books contained within themselves qualities that made them gain acceptance by the early church as being canonical. Therefore, Kruger argues, the canon is self-authenticating. It is supported by the three pillars of corporate reception, apostolic origin and divine qualities. This approach by Kruger is important because his defense does not place all the eggs in one basket.

In part two of the book, he treats the subject of how the canon was determined or identified by the early church. How did they decide whether or not a particular book was scripture or not? Kruger makes the important point that the core of the canon was formed early, while the periphery was solidified by the late third and early fourth centuries. There are some critics who argue that the canon was not settled and therefore could not really be called a canon. The critics cast doubt on the validity of the idea of a canon. They want to make it seem that the books were arbitrarily chosen by the faction of the church that had the most political power. Kruger deftly refutes this idea by showing that the gospels and Paul's letters for example were accepted by the early church as authoritative very early on.

Evaluation

I thought Kruger did a good job in answering the de jure objection to the idea of canon. Part one lays a strong foundation for part two. The qualities of the canon must be determined before the reception and definition of what the canon is, is answered. Kruger makes a strong case that is not easily dismissed by critics. It is a strong apologetic for the canon, and will be a welcome addition to the tools of the apologist's trade.

Conclusion

While this is an apologetics book, it really should be read by all Christians; by anyone who wants to understand more about the formation of the Bible. If you have ever been troubled by questions of why the Bible is the authority for the church, then you should read this book. It is well-argued, easy to follow, and gives excellent arguments for the defense of the canon. It really helps to fill the gap in our defense of the faith and our defense of the scripture where God has spoken.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Grounding Faith in the God of Scripture through Scripture Itself 6 febbraio 2015
Di Eric Mitchell - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Dr. Kruger offers a wonderful contribution to the often perplexing issue of the canon of the New Testament. This volume is clear, easy to follow for a layman, yet scholarly and thoughtful in its presentation. He makes it clear that his aim is to answer the de jure question. In other words, Dr. Kruger is examining the epistemological question, “How can we know which books should belong in the New Testament canon?”
He offers several paradigms given in Christian history and critiques them. It is very important to note that Dr. Kruger’s critique is always charitable and edifying. For instance, he extracts helpful and correct elements in all the positions, and then takes the best components to help form his new paradigm. His suggested paradigm is innovative and fresh, faithful to God and his nature and, most importantly, steeped in the Bible itself. Dr. Kruger gives rock-solid grounds for faith in the twenty-seven books of the New Testament canon by competently demonstrating the “self-authenticating” nature of every one of the twenty-seven.

This volume is a great resource for those who are interested in biblical studies, and it is absolutely essential reading for all pastors, teachers, and apologists. In my judgment, next to the inerrancy of Scripture, the legitimacy of the NT canon is the most important ground of controversy with the evangelical view of Scripture. Dr. Kruger arms the reader to be “steadfast and unmovable” in the storms of such controversy. I heartily recommend Canon Revisited.
5.0 su 5 stelle Masterful Application of Perspectivalism 26 aprile 2017
Di Calvinator - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Michael Kruger's book on the canon of the New Testament is, quite simply, the best treatment available on the subject. What sets this book apart is Kruger's application to the question of canon of the principle of multiple perspectives in theology and biblical studies (as most ably articulated and develooped by Vern Poythress and John Frame), which is not relativism, but a crucial and groundbreaking insight that enlightens every topic or discipline to which it is applied, and solves numerous stubborn difficulties. Kruger masterfully applies this insight to the question of canon, and thus is able to present a rationale for and defense of the New Testament canon that is unprecedented in its clarity, cogency, and comprehensiveness. Theologically astute readers understand that no presentation or argument will be convincing to those spiritually disposed to reject it; nevertheless, Michael Kruger's offering is, in this reviewer's judgment, better than anyone has done and about as good as anyone can do. Students and scholars seeking a responsible, scholarly, and logically impeccable case for the validity and authority of the traditional New Testament canon will find it here. Well done, Michael; well done.
5.0 su 5 stelle Great apologetic for Christian canon 19 novembre 2016
Di Josh Olson - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Kruger shows how the Christian can with intellectual responsibility hold to the NT canon. By arguing for the three fold or three dimensional self-attesting view, he rightly places the authority of the scripture in God and not in historical studies or the ecclesiastical magisterium. He shows how in God's providence and inspiration the Apostles delivered to the church the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our NT canon. How precious is this word to his church. "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me."
4.0 su 5 stelle Accessible & Scholarly 14 agosto 2016
Di Leon De Vose, II - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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I will give more information later, as I am writing a review for a Liberty U. M.Div. program. However, I think the title pretty much says it all.

It is well written. It can be a page-turner. It is thorough. It is Scriptural. It is inspiring. It is edifying. It is trans-denominational. It is indispensable to everyone from the lectern to the front lawn.

It is not boring. It is not scattered. It is not wordy. It is not simplistic. It is not ostentatious. It is not likely to be a bookshelf dust-catcher.
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