ESSAY: NEW TESTAMENT CANONIZATION ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS
OVERVIEW
The twenty-seven books of the New Testament were completed by the year AD 100, but the
collection called the “New Testament” did not exist then. At first, Christians did not consider a
central Christian collection important since they already shared different writings from the
Apostles, with some leaders in this time even being trained by Apostles. But, during the second
century, heresies, heretics, and heretical writings caused the early church leaders to focus on
collecting the sacred writings of Christianity into one collection. That process lasted for another
250 years or so until the late 300s when the twenty-seven books were regarded as sacred and
collected in the New Testament.
INSTRUCTIONS
Your task in this assignment is to summarize that process of New Testament Canonization.
As a guide, your essay will need to include the following:
a. Marcion,
b. Montanus,
c. Lists made between Marcion and Montanus (Muratorian List and the lists of Origen and
Eusebius),
d. Athanasius’s List,
e. the effect of the Diocletian persecution,
f. the Councils that closed the New Testament canon in the 390s,
g. and a description of 2 New Testament Apocrypha.
1. Write a 500- to 750-word essay (using 12-point, Times New Roman font, 1-inch margins
on all sides). Include the total word count at the end of the paper. Please note: Words in
the cover sheet, footnotes, and bibliography are not counted.
2. Use at least 2 scholarly sources. Your textbook can count. You may use scholarly
websites but be careful to choose scholarly sources; do not use Wikipedia, blogs, or
opinioned websites. If you are uncertain whether a source is scholarly, please ask your
instructor.
3. Include a cover sheet, use current Turabian reference style with either footnotes or in-text
(parenthetical) notes, and place your bibliography as the last page.
Note: Your assignment will be checked for originality via the Turnitin plagiarism tool.