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CANON: Eusebius' Four Categories of Books

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Lesson

Eusebius described four types of books: accepted, disputed, rejected, and heretical. The early church was careful in what they accepted as authoritative, and there really was not that much of a question.

Outline

I. THE “CORE” AND THE “FRINGE” OF THE CANON

A. Accepted (21 of the 27)

B. Disputed (eventually canonical)

C. Rejected (beneficial but not canonical)

D. Heretical (Fathers willing to condemn certain books)

II. THE DISPUTED BOOKS

A. Most of the disputed books are small (and therefore not widely read)

B. 2 Peter was thought to be a forgery

C. Revelation

III. THERE WASN'T REALLY THAT MUCH BEING QUESTIONED

A. Not much dispute, especially over the four gospels

B. Core of the canon was there from the start