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Bible's Trustworthiness

"The Canon of the New Testament by F. F. Bruce, p. 7
"The Formation of the New Testament Canon" by Bruce Metzger, p. 10
"Canon: A Moving Target?" by Tom Hobson, p. 12

How was the canon of Scripture formed?   Why were these 39 Old Testament books and 27 New Testament books included in the canon instead of  others?  These may seem like abstruse historical questions, but they are a challenge that Christian hear regularly. Authors in the Jan/Feb issue of Theology Matters carefully follow the history of how the canon was formed.  No council determined the canon and imposed it on the church.  Rather, councils acknowledged the books already being used widely in worship.  This Jan/Feb issue of Theology Matters includes articles by F. F. Bruce, Bruce Metzger and Tom Hobson.  Jan/Feb 2014 Theology Matters