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WCF.M2.L62 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Describe the historical process whereby certain writings gained acceptance as “New Testament canon.”
  • Describe the wide variety of doctrinal streams that flowed in the early Christian centuries.
  • Suggest modern parallels to some of the major trends and differences, good and bad, that existed in the sphere of early Christianity.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Two Lesson Overviews
  • 244-245Lesson 62 Introduction

  • General
  • Winter, ed: WCF Program: Classical World Reader
  • 349-363 Bruce: The Canon of Scripture

  • Latourette: A History of Christianity, Vol. 1: Beginnings to 1500
  • 133-135New Testament Canon

  • Moreau, ed: Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions
  • 121-123Bible
  • 969-971Trinity

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Two Lesson Overviews
  • 245-247Lesson 62 Review

  • Optional
  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 827-829Tunesia

  • Language
  • Greek Lessons
  •  Greek 62

  • Hebrew Lessons
  •  Hebrew 62
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Reflection Questions
  • Create a horizontal timeline that illustrates the process through which certain writings gained acceptance in the “New Testament” canon. Using your chart, prepare a written explanation of the parallel between the formulation of the New Testament and that of the body of literature that the Jews consider to be their Bible.

  • Explain why the following statement is or is not true: None of the “Apostolic Fathers” had a clear and accurate understanding of what we today consider basic Christian doctrine.

  • Suggest modern examples parallel to Marcionitic and Montanist responses to the gospel that might arise as Christianity spreads to new places.