The Biblical Canon Lists from Early Christianity: Texts and Analysis

Bibliographic information:

Edmon L. Gallagher and John D. Meade, The Biblical Canon Lists from Early Christianity: Texts and Analysis (Oxford University Press, 2018).



An essential avenue for understanding the development of the Bible are the many early lists of canonical books drawn up by Christians and, occasionally, Jews. Despite the importance of these early lists of books, they have remained relatively inaccessible. This comprehensive volume redresses this unfortunate situation by presenting the early Christian canon lists all together in a single volume. The canon lists, in most cases, unambiguously report what the compilers of the lists considered to belong to the biblical canon. For this reason they bear an undeniable importance in the history of the Bible.

  • Presents the early Christian lists of canonical books and brings relatively obscure sources to light;
  • Provides the passage in the original language (Greek, Latin, Hebrew, or Syriac) with a parallel English translation;
  • Supplies essential information to help readers understand the selected passages containing the lists of books
  • Explains the key features of the passages often taking account of textual variants and pointing readers to scholarly literature that provides further discussion
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    Oxford University Press (website:

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