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October 21, 2014

When were the books of the
New Testament collected and canonized?


An important question for apologists and Christians alike is when and by whom the books of the New Testament were first collected and used as a rule (canon) for judging doctrine. Informed Christian apologists point toward fourth century church councils which recognized (and made official) the New Testament as a particular collection of books that had always been upheld in the churches from the earliest times. But can we know more precisely at what point (prior to the fourth century) the books of the New Testament were first collected as a unique and exclusive body of works with special authority for church doctrine and practice?

For more information on
the origin, collection, and canonicity of the New Testament, please see our study entitled:

The New Testament Canon

Q:I'm new here. Where should I get started?
The arrangement of topics to the left provides a recommended reading order. It is designed to reflect a step-by-step progression from more basic topics to more complex ones. However, it is not necessary to follow this order. Those who are more familiar with certain topics may easily read whichever studies are of interest without first going through all of the earlier topics in the list.

systematic theology:
a reading guide

logical fallacies
a list of false
arguments