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The following is an interview with Dr. John Meade, Associate Professor of Old Testament and Co-Director of the seminary’s Text & Canon Institute. Dr. Meade recently completed a major 10-year project on the text of Job and we are excited to celebrate this major achievement with him. PS: How did you take an interest in…

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The Phoenix Seminary Text & Canon Institute is pleased to announce its first academic colloquium November 18–19, 2020. Drawing together scholars from around the world, the Origen as Philologist Colloquium will explore the rich history of one of Christianity’s greatest textual scholars, Origen of Alexandria (184–253). Well known for his theological work, Origen was also…

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Recently, Dr. John Meade spoke twice on the canon of scripture at Clearview Church. In the first video, he answers the question, “Why does our (Protestant) Bible have the Books it does?”, and in the second video, he sat down with Pastor Abidan Paul Shah to discuss his latest co-authored book on the Biblical Canon…

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Ideas have consequences. The idea that the Council of Nicaea (325 AD), under the authority of Roman Emperor Constantine, established the Christian biblical canon attempted to show how the Bible originated from conspiracy and power play on the part of a relative few, elite bishops. That this idea persists today can be shown not only…

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The Intellectual Life: Its Spirit, Conditions, Methods by A. G. Sertillanges (repr. CUA Press, 1998) is a classic of which the seminarian should be aware. I draw attention to a few of the salient points made by Sertillanges in hopes that the reader will pursue matters further by reading the whole book. Its preliminary chapters…

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“What is a biblical canon list,” you ask? It is an ancient list of biblical books usually drafted by a church father or synod to specify those books churches recognized as authoritative for doctrine. For example, St. Gregory of Nazianzus drafted a canon list of books (381–90 AD) that promoted piety on the one hand and defended from…

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