Lecture19 - Terminology: Canon The Canon of Scripture and...

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1 The Canon of Scripture and Biblical Interpretation Lecture 19 Terminology: Canon “The word canon is used to describe the inspired books. The word comes from the Greek word kanon and probably from the Hebrew qaneh , signifying a ‘measuring rod.’ The terms canon and canonical thus became standards by which the books were measured to determine whether or not they were inspired.” (Enns, MHT , 170) Other terms: Sacred Scriptures Authoritative Writings Books that “defile the hands” “Prophetic Books” How Canonicity is Determined The following factors, though important and relevant to the discussion, would be insufficient to determine canonicity if taken in isolation: Being an old book is not enough to determine canonicity. Agreeing with Torah is not enough to determine canonicity. Having religious value is not enough to determine canonicity. What, then, were the criteria for canonicity? Being written in Hebrew or Greek is not enough to determine canonicity. ¸² ¹ º¹» ¼¹½ Canonicity is based on authority : God is the one who gives the text its authority, and this is recognized by the Church. Canonicity is determined by God, and discovered by people. Criteria for Canonicity 1. Is the book authoritative? The book must claim to speak on behalf of God, with His own authority behind it.
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2008 for the course TH 1110 taught by Professor Barbieri during the Fall '07 term at Moody Bible Institute.

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Lecture19 - Terminology: Canon The Canon of Scripture and...

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