Generally speaking, the mention of canon or “canonicity” of the Bible is considered a topic for seminary professors and specialists in theology. It appears to have small relevance to “faith and practice.” But when one realizes that canonicity deals with such fundamental questions like “how did God’s people know what belonged in the Bible?” and “how can we be sure we still have what the inspired writers wrote?” it becomes clear that one’s views on canonicity are vitally linked to the integrity of Scripture. An ongoing attack by biblical critics on the trustworthiness of the Bible has decidedly focused on …
Dr. Robert I. Vasholz is professor emeritus of Old Testament at Covenant Theological Seminary, where he has taught since 1975. He is now pastoral associate at First Presbyterian Church in Augusta, Georgia.