The Story of the New Testament

New Testament BCM 103 Dr. Dave Mathewson Gordon College/Denver Seminary The Christmas Story Retold The wisemen?

An Inn and Innkeeper? When did Mary have the Baby? No room? Where were the animals kept? What did the manger look like? Reading Critically What

does it mean to read the Bible critically?skeptical, doubting What role do critical methods play? How do we define criticism? Reading the Bible as a textbook The Canon of the NT When

and how did these 27 documents get shaped into a NT collection? NT arranged logically not chronologically OT as the churchs Bible initially Canon a reed A measurement A collection of authoritative writings

The Canon of the NT So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, speaking as he does in all his letters. There are some things in them that are hard to

understand, which the ignorant twistas they do the other Scriptures (2 Peter 3.15-16). Marcion: OT contra NT Athanasius Letter Again, we must not hesitate to name the books of the New

Testament. They are as follows: Four Gospels-according to Matthew, according to Mark, according to Luke, according to John. Then after these the Acts of the Apostle and the seven socalled catholic epistles of the apostles, as follows: one of James, two of Peter, three of John and, after these, one of Jude. Next to these are fourteen epistles of the apostle Paul, written in order as follows: First to the Romans, then two to the

Corinthians, and after these to the Galatians and next that to the Ephesians, then to the Philippians, then to the Colossians and two to the Thessalonians and that to the Hebrews. Next are two to Timothy, and last the one to Philemon Moreover, Johns Apocalypse. Canonicity So

who decides? Conformity Universal acceptance Apostolic authority On Genre Literary

Genre and reading a document Literary Genres of the NT Narrative (Gospels and Acts)

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