4 Criteria of Canonicity

Criteria of Canonicity in the early Church Four criteria that were used for selecting which books were accepted into the New Testament Canon are listed by Felix Just: Apostolic Origin – from first-generation apostles (or their close companions). Universal Acceptance – accepted by all major Christian communities at the time. Liturgical Use – read publicly and regularly at early Christian worship services. Consistent Message – containing a similar theological outlook. (Just, 2001) Cited from Criticising the Critics.

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