Origin of the New Testament

by Adolf Harnack


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For Harnack, applying the methods of historical criticism to the Bible signified a return to true Christianity, which had become mired in unnecessary and even damaging creeds and dogmas. Seeking out what “actually happened,” for him, was one way to strip away all but the foundations of the faith. In The Origin of the New Testament, Harnack explores the early history of the biblical canon—how it came to be what it is, and why. In particular, he explores the ideologies driving people to accept some texts as biblical cannon and not others. Controversially, Harnack finds some of these ideologies anything but Christian, and he hints that a re-evaluation of what the church considers canonical is necessary.

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Adolf Harnack
Source: Wikipedia
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Born: May 7, 1851, Governorate of Livonia
Died: June 10, 1930, Heidelberg
Related topics: Christianity--Essence, genius, nature, Christianity, Church history--Primitive and early church, Criticism, interpretation, etc., Germany
Basic information: Adolf von Harnack (7 May 1851–10 June 1930), was a German Lutheran theologian and prominent church historian. He produced many religious publications from 1873-1912. Harnack traced the influence of Hellenistic philosophy on early Christian writing and called on Christians to question the authenticity of doctrines that arose in the early Christian church.
Popular works: Mission and Expansion of Christianity in the First Three Centuries , History of Dogma - Volume I, Origin of the New Testament, History of Dogma - Volume IV, Apostles' Creed

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