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Analysis Of The Canonization Of The New Testament

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In this paper, there will be a discussion about the canonization of the New Testament. Along with an investigation of who was involved in this process. The people and institution looked at will include the following: Marcion, Irenaeus, Origen, Synod of Hippo, and God.

First, let us look at the canonization of the New Testament. The first available list of the New Testament books is called the Muratorian Canon and it dates somewhere around A.D. 150. It has the four Gospels, Acts, 13 letters of Paul, Jude, 2or 3 letters of John, and the revelation of John. These were accepted by the “universal church “there are some books left out they are as follows: first and second Peter, James, and Hebrews. However, it is very possible that there was an oversight because first Peter was accepted as a valid book. There are no other books present accept the Wisdom of Solomon, this had to be in error because that book belongs in the Apocrypha and it was not added by anyone to the New Testament (Edwards et al, 2009, pg. 14). It is very possible that the first collection of the New Testament books by the early church consisted of a collection of the Pauline letters. It was
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He became very fascinated by the teachings of Paul but eventually he would interpret them in such an unbalanced way that he was considered a heretic. He would compete with the early Christian church by starting his own rival church this would go on for several decades. He would teach that the God of the Old Testament was not the father of Jesus Christ instead he was an evil deity. When he formed his books, he would leave out the books of the New Testament that were most reliant on Judaism he would also leave out the Old Testament. In a reaction against Marcion, a proposal like this would make sense. The first “lists” of canonical for the New Testament would not show up until about a generation later than Marcion (Varughese, 2004, pg.
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