Flashcards in Lesson 5 Review Deck (11):
1. What is the focus of the Old Testament?
The Old Testament centres on the nation of Israel and God's covenant with them.
2. What is the focus of the New Testament?
The New Testament is focused around the gospel message and the church regardless of race.
3. Where do we get the word "canon," and what does it mean?
The word "canon" comes from the Greek word Kanon, which means "rod" or "measuring stick."
4. When we refer to the canon, we are referring to:
The books accepted as the inspired word of God.
5. Name three important indicators of canonicity, giving a brief explanation of each:
a. Author- the OT scriptures make it very clear that they were written by genuine prophets of God.
b. Content- If a book is truly inspired by God, then the content will bear that act.
b. Reception- the original reception of a book is a very important testimony to subsequent generations.
6. Does the endorsement of the church determine canonicity? If not, what does?
No it is the inspiration of the books that determines their canonicity, not the endorsement of the church.
7. When was the OT canon recognised as being complete?
The complete OT canon was widely recognised at least 200 years before Christ
8. How did the OT endorse the NT?
Both Jesus and the Apostles accepted the OT as the word of God and quoted from it.
9. Why don't we accept the apocrypha?
We don't accept the apocrypha because they don't meet the 3 indicators of canonicity - author, content and reception.
10. What was the primary test of canonicity for the New Testament?
The primary test of canonicity for New Testament was apostolic authority.