The book gives an historical-theological overview of the formation of
the New Testmanet canon, a development extending from the 1st to the
4th centuries C.E. The goal is to prompt readers to reflect on the
terms “canon” and “canonicity” as valued and valuable elements of the
Christian heritage and as still in some ways very open-ended categories.
Duke’s approach is chronological, highlighting critical moments and
decisions relating to “authoritative teachings” by various Christian
communities and their leading representatives. Focus falls on the
diversity of early Christianity communities and their
traditions/literature and with it the importance of issues of “Christian
identity” in the selection and exclusion of texts as canon.
book is part of the Core Biblical Studies series, designed as a
starting point for New Testament study. The volumes that constitute
this series function as gateways. They provide entry points into the
topics, methods, and contexts that are central to New Testament
studies. They open up these areas for inquiry and understanding. In
addition they are guidebooks for the resulting journey.