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CANON: Historical Model

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Lesson

In the historical model of canonicity, a book becomes canonical when it is examined historically, looking at issues such as authorship and reception. This model suffers  by the absence of an absolute criteria by which you can make this decision.

Outline

I. “CANONICAL MODEL” DEFINED

II. COMMUNITY MODEL

III. HISTORICAL MODEL

A. Definition: Canon determined by the book’s historical background

B. Canon-Within-a-Canon model

1. Sees only some books within the larger canon as being canonical

2. By what criteria do you make this decision?

C. Criteria of canonicity model

1. Establish a set of criteria, such as apostolicity

2. By what criteria do you make this decision?

D. What is the myth of theological neutrality?

1. All we need to do is follow the facts

2. Problem: facts need to be interpreted

IV. SELF-AUTHENTICATING MODEL