The Foundation of Orthodoxy and the Canon

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THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CANON The History of the New Testament Canon The Canon refers to a compilation of the 27 books that make up the New Testament. The history of the canon, therefore, refers to the process through which the 27 books were brought together and gained recognition as Devine inspirations and the Word of God. In various sections of the New Testament, Jesus Christ taught the Christian using the scriptures. For Example, the gospels of Matthew and Luke’s narration of Jesus’ temptation show him quoting Deuteronomy. When he is tempted with food, he responds with “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4, and Luke 4:4)’ which is an attestation of the Old Testament scriptures of Deuteronomy 8:3 that says “And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” The Authority of the Old Testament and its viability to Christian teachings was therefore never a problem for the early Christians. These scriptures were constantly used in churches. In addition to these scriptures, the definitiveness of the authority of Jesus was not a question for these early Christians. This led to the onset of New Testament writings. For the early Christians, ‘The End’ was imagined to be a very near event. Missionary work was, therefore, something that purely concerned their immediate lives and those of immediate relatives. The apostles tasked themselves with the role of

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