Friday, October 02, 2009
Questions on Canon
Over at Google Books you can read an excellent introduction to "Canon" by Michael Holmes in the Oxford Handbook to Early Christian Studies. He notes the important difference between "Scripture" and "Canon" among other things. One good question raised (which would be a great essay topic for students in Church History, New Testament, or Doctrine of Scripture class) is "is canon a list of authoritative books or an authoritative list of books?". In the former the emphasis is on the intrinsic authority of the books, in the latter case the emphasis is on the authority of the prescribed list itself.