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The use and origin of the (Old and) New Testament as Christianity’s canon

Andries G. van Aarde
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 68, No 1 | a1262 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v68i1.1262 | © 2012 Andries G. van Aarde | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 May 2012 | Published: 21 September 2012

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Andries G. van Aarde, Department of New Testament Studies, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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This article explained the valuation of Christian believers with regard to the Christian Bible a ‘Holy Scripture’. In the article the notion ‘Scriptural authority’ was connected with an understanding of both the origin and use of the Christian canon. The article described the origin of the Bible in light of the supposition that the Bible functions as (1) book of theology, as well as (2) book of believers and as (3) book of the church. The article consisted of references to the role of the Old Testament and the New Testament canonical collections and the role of ecclesial synodal decisions. It also obtained a graphical overview of the history and dates of the New Testament writings as a canonical list. The article concluded with a reflection on the relevance for the use and authority of the Bible, seen from the perspective of the use and origin of the Bible as Christianity’s canon.


Bible; Christianity’s canon; Scriptural authority; literary origins of the Bible; the use of the Bible


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