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The Canon of the Old and New Testament Ascertained
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The Canon of the Old and New Testament Ascertained


Presbyterian Board of Publication 1851

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The beginnings of the nineteenth century witnessed mounting objections to the authenticity and divine inspiration of Scripture, prompting individuals both inside and outside the church to question the origin and purpose of the Bible. Where in the Bible is God’s revelation found? What is the difference between Scripture and tradition? Does God’s word take precedence over oral traditions?

In this volume, Archibald Alexander identifies the canon by using the testimony of the early church, along with the internal evidence within the books themselves. He also deals with methodology, including the process whereby a book is canonized. This volume also contains an explicit rebuttal of the work of J. D. Michaelis, one of the early biblical scholars to question the authenticity of the Gospels of Mark and Luke.

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Key Features

  • Identification of where the revelation of God is to be found
  • Exploration of the traditions of the Church of Rome
  • Citation from Haldane’s “Evidence and Authority of Divine Revelation”

Product Details

  • Title: The Canon of the Old and New Testament Ascertained
  • Author: Archibald Alexander
  • Publisher: Presbyterian Board of Publication
  • Publication Date: 1851
  • Pages: 359

About Archibald Alexander

Archibald Alexander (1772–1851) was born in Rockbridge County, Virginia. He was educated at nearby Liberty Hall, and studied for two years under William Graham. At age 25, he was elected president of Hampden Sydney College in Virginia. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Philadelphia to become the pastor of the Third Presbyterian Church. When Princeton Theological Seminary opened in 1812, Archibald Alexander became the first professor of theology, where he served until 1840. Among his students was Charles Hodge, who named his son, A. A. Hodge, after his mentor.