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Question #1 Give a definition of “canon.” Where does the word come from and what does it mean with relationship to the study of the Bible? According to Klein et al, the word “ canon” comes from the Greek kanon , meaning “list,” “rule,” or “standard. 1 The canon of scriptures refers to the collection of biblical books that Christians accept as uniquely authoritative. The word as derive from the Greek language meant “measuring reed” 2 They are the approve tome of books that has been scrutinized by theologians and church fathers of past century. Discuss the development of the New Testament and the criteria of canonicity used by the early church. The developments of the New Testament were written mostly in the first century and finished by the year 150 AD. The orthodoxy, apostolicity and universality were three fundamental components directing church leaders in antiquity to determine which books deserve canonical status according to Lea. 3 First, the book had to be authored by an apostle, second, the book had to be spiritual in nature and conform to the church’s “rule of faith. This is considered the books of orthodoxy. 4 Over a period of time Church Fathers frequently referred to apostolicity as documents written by the apostles or those associated directly with individuals identified as apostles. Paul’s letters were circulated and copied throughout the churches for use in teaching by the end of the first century. The New Testament writings were not actually accepted as Scripture
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