This is a highly influential book in the realm of Canon research. It is easily readable, and yet in depth at the same time. Here is a quick rundown:

Contributions:

  • A great discussion of the problem and its issues.

  • convenient presentation and evaluation of the historical data for the student or general reader.

  • Metzger dismisses the claim that canon might be ideologically determined by insisting apparently on an esthetic and theological standard not shaped by the options of an academic community

Weaknesses:

  • Lacks a Map, and only contains names as a means of geographically locating people/ideas.

  • Gives a larger role to Montanism in the shaping of the Canon than most other works.

FULL REVIEW

 

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