Surname1 Student’s Name: Professor’s Name: Course: Date: Religious Studies The 27 New Testament Books Decree The early church experienced divergent opinions regarding which books could be included in the New Testament. The differences in opinions almost brought division into the early church. The Bishop of Alexandria by the name Athanasius saw the problem and addressed it on 7 th of January A.D 367 in his annual Easter letters to the churches that he served (Redford 23) . He decreed the 27 New Testament Books in his recommendation which are currently found in the Bible. The Techniques in the Gospel of Thomas Thomas took a different approach from the gospels in the New Testament. He provided a prologue of the sayings of Jesus. He did not give accounts of birth, miracles performed as well the death and resurrection of Jesus (Redford 54). His techniques were majorly quoting the words of Jesus embedded on parables and dialogues.
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