Bruce Metzger on the Canon

“You see, the canon is a list of authoritative books more than it is an authoritative list of books…For somebody now to say that the canon emerged only after councils and synods made these pronouncements would be like saying, ‘Let’s get several academies of musicians to make a pronouncement that the music of Bach and Beethoven is wonderful.’ I would say, ‘Thank you for nothing! We knew that before the pronouncement was made.’ We know it because of sensitivity to what is good music and what is not. The same with the canon” (quoted in Lee Strobel, The Case for Christ, p. 69).

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