Mike Aquilina

This Canon’s on a Roll

Friday July 20th 2007, 3:02 am

Ben C. Smith comes through with Part 8 in his series on the canonical lists of the ancient Church. It’s time for The Canon of Athanasius. Athanasius plays an important role in any discussion of the canon, because his “New Testament portion completely matches in number and contents (but not in sequence) the 27 books printed in most modern Bibles.”

Ben also has interesting posts on Eusebius and Jerome on Theophilus of Antioch and what the ancients have to say about The Physical Appearance of Jesus.

Visitors interested in matters canonical should look into Gary G. Michuta’s new book on the development of the canon, Why Catholic Bibles Are Bigger: The Untold Story of the Lost Books of the Protestant Bible. (Some background here.)