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metzgercanon

A helpful work by Bruce Metzger concerning the topic of the New Testament Canon. The chapters in Metzger’s work is logically laid out, and he begins with a historical survey of the scholarship concerning canonical criticism. This section is a great reference for those who desire further study, not only of the works out there but the work’s place in the academic world of canonical studies. Metzger’s massive knowledge and awareness of the patristics, his interaction with the ideas of various critics throughout the centuries, provide his readers valuable information which keen readers will enjoy. Metzger is very detailed. He is also very charitable in a topic that can spark ecclesiastical sparks. After finishing the work, I appreciated the process of New Testament canonicity and the providence of God a lot more in the process. One thing I wish Metzger could have explored more in his work is the implication of theology in canonicity. Superb and recommended!

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