Hermeneutics and the Canon of Scripture (Part 1)

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Lesson

In Jesus's day, the Scripture was the books of the Old Testament. Many of the books of the New Testament were written before 70 a.d. The Gospel writers produced a written record of the life of Jesus. Paul and other apostles wrote to churches to encourage and teach them. Eusebius, a church historian in 325a.d., recorded a list of the books that are currently in the New Testament.

Outline

Hermeneutics and the Canon of Scripture

I. Background Information

A. Scripture in Jesus' Day

B. Scripture in the Early Church

II. The Rise of Canon Consideration

A. The Heresy of Marcion

B. Codex Invention

C. Persecution

III. Historical Development

A. New Testament References

1. Colossians 4:14-16

2. 1 Thessalonians 5:27

3. 2 Peter 3:16

4. 1 Timothy 5:18

5. Acts 20:35

B. Early Church Writings

1. 1st Clement

2. Didache

3. Writings of Papius

4. Epistles of Barnabas

5. Diatesseron

6. Muratorian canon/p>

7. Writings of Irenaeus

a. Homolegoumena

b. Antilegomena

IV. Clarification of the Canon of Scripture

A. Eusebius

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