Ten Basic Facts About the NT Canon that Every Christian Should Memorize

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In this article renowned scholar Michael J. Kruger gives us ten facts about the New Testament canon that every Christian should commit to memory. Dr. Kruger is a Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Reformed Theological Seminary and is a leading scholar in defending the truth about the New Testament canon in the church today. He is also the coauthor of The Heresy Of Orthodoxy: How Contemporary Culture’s Fascination with Diversity Has Reshaped Our Understanding of Early Christianity which should be in every Christian’s library, specifically for having good answers in response to certain arguments made popular by Bart Ehrman. Dr. Kruger has also edited a book released this year (2017) titled The Early Text of the New Testament which addresses the questions about the earliest nature of textual transmission of the New Testament we now know about based on the latest historical evidence. Be sure to check it out!

Here at SD Apologetics one of our goals is to get the best evidence available into the hands of every Christian in our area so that they can faithfully and accurately defend the Truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Now, without any further ado, here are the ten facts every Christian should memorize about the NT canon; to read more, simply follow the corresponding links for the individual articles covering each fact.


For the last month or so, I have been working through a new series on the NT canon designed to help Christians understand ten basic facts about its origins. This series is designed for a lay-level audience and hopefully could prove helpful in a conversation one might have with a skeptical friend.

Given that there are already four installments in this series, I thought would be helpful to have them listed all in one spot. Thus, I will list the current installments below, and plan to update this list as the series progresses. Also, note that the bottom left of my website has a link to all my blog series.

#1: “The New Testament Books are the Earliest Christian Writings We Possess

#2: “Apocryphal Writings are All Written in the Second Century or Later

#3: “The New Testament Books Are Unique Because They Are Apostolic Books

#4: “Some NT Writers Quote Other NT Writers as Scripture

#5: “The Four Gospels are Well Established by the End of the Second Century

#6: “At the End of the Second Century, the Muratorian Fragment lists 22 of our 27 NT books

#7: “Early Christians Often Used Non-Canonical Writings

#8: “The NT Canon Was Not Decided at Nicea—Nor Any Other Church Council

#9: “Christians Did Disagree about the Canonicity of Some NT Books

#10 “Early Christians Believed that Canonical Books were Self-Authenticating.


All the articles above are written by Michael J. Kruger.

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