Many scholars have asked 'how' or 'when' the set of early Christian writings known as the New Testament came into being. Yet, the question 'why' is rarely asked. Michael Kruger, an expert on the history of the New Testament text, believes that this may be the key question we need to ask. It may answer the other two questions while providing a rich historical detail to the ongoing debate.
In The Question of Canon Kruger examines such questions as:
Why did Christians have a canon at all?
Was it a creation of a much later council, or did it come into being in the earliest days of Christianity?
Was it intrinsic to the movement or extrinsic?
Each of these questions is broad based and reflects the attitudes of much modern scholarship; scholarship this book intends to challenge with a more compelling narrative that begins by asking: why is there a canon at all? Taking a subversive approach, the book affirms historical understanding of canon formation by questioning the dominant theories proposed by secular scholars. Accessible, well written, and compelling.