How did the books of the Bible come to be recognised as Holy Scripture? Who decided what shape the canon should take? What criteria influenced these decisions?
After nearly nineteen centuries, the canon of Scripture still remains an issue of debate. Protestants, Catholics and the Orthodox all have slightly differing collections of documents in their Bibles. Even many Christians today, while confessing the authority of all of Scripture, tend to rely on only a few books and particular themes while ignoring the rest.
In this significant historical study, F. F. Bruce brings the wisdom of a lifetime of reflection and biblical interpretation to bear in answering the questions and clearing away the confusion surrounding the Christian canon of Scripture. Adept in both Old and New Testament studies, he brings a rare comprehensive perspective to his task.
"This book is at once learned and readable, and takes account of the most recent discoveries and literature." - Roger Beckwith, Latimer House, Oxford