Dr. Michael J. Kruger (Ph.D., University of Edinburgh) is President and the Samuel C. Patterson Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC. He is one of the leading scholars today in the study of the origins of the New Testament, particularly the development of the New Testament canon and the transmission of the New Testament text. He is the author of numerous books including The Gospel of the Savior (Brill, 2005), The Heresy of Orthodoxy (Crossway, 2010, with Andreas Köstenberger), Canon Revisited (Crossway, 2012), The Question of Canon (IVP, 2013), and Christianity at the Crossroads: How the Second Century Shaped the Future of the Church (SPCK/IVP Academic, release date July 2017). He is also the editor of and contributor to A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the New Testament (Crossway, 2016) and co-editor of The Early Text of the New Testament (Oxford, 2012) and Gospel Fragments (Oxford, 2009). Dr. Kruger is ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America and also serves (part-time) as Pastor of Teaching at Uptown PCA in downtown Charlotte. You can follow his blog at www.michaeljkruger.com or on Twitter @michaeljkruger.
About The Course
This course is made up of a four-part lecture series delivered in March, 2012 at the Orlando campus of Reformed Theological Seminary. This lecture series addresses four unique angles of the issue of the canon:
- Definition of the Canon: When and how does the canon come into existence? What are the three common definitions of the canon? What are the pros and cons of each definition? Is there a better way forward?
- Origins of the Canon: Why was there ever a need for a canon to begin with? What elements in the social and religious culture of the day demanded that a canon should exist?
- Artifacts of the Canon: How do the extant physical manuscripts of the New Testament help us understand the development of the canon?
- Messiness of the Canon: How should we understand the diversity within early Christianity in regard to the canon? What about the non-canonical books?
As you journey through each topic, a study guide is available for each lecture. You’re invited to follow along and engage with Dr. Kruger’s additional articles and chapters which are linked with each lecture.