Here’s a profitable way to spend 3 hours of your time: listen to these three lectures by Michael Kruger:
- Origin of the canon (length 46:04)
- Date of the canon (length 50:18)
- Contenders for the canon (length 46:09)
I strongly suggest listening when you’re mentally alert as he packs things in very tight.
Regular readers of this blog may know I’ve read some extracanonical material (Maccabbees, the Protoevangelium of James, the Patristics). I was especially helped by Dr Kruger’s comments in the third lecture on these and similar material.
The Q&A session (length 28:40) is excellent, not only because the questions are good, but also because the questioners used a microphone 😉
To take in the same material at your own pace drop by Dr Kruger’s blog, Canon Fodder, and read the posts in the series 10 Misconceptions about the NT Canon and 10 basic facts about the NT Canon that every Christian should memorise.