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CANON: Apostolic Origins

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Lesson

Kruger shows that Covenants in the Old Testament needed written documents, and a new covenant required new documents. Writing was not an afterthought. The apostles saw themselves as agents of the New Covenant and saw their writings as having authority. They would have been surprised to be told that it wasn't until Irenaeus that people throught their writing was authoritative. They had to write to accomplish their apostolic ministry within their lifetime.

Outline

I. CANON AND NEW COVENANT

A. The apostles recorded the terms of the new covenant in written form

B. A covenant required written documentation

II. APOSTLES

A. The apostles were the agents of the new covenant

B. The apostles were conscious of their authority

III. IRENAEUS

A. Peter refers to some of Paul's letters as Scripture

B. Apostles expected their writing to be accepted as authoritative

IV. WHY DID THE APOSTLES WRITE AT ALL?

A. Covenantal context

B. Apostolic mission could not be accomplished only in person

C. Awareness of their limited lifespan