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    The Muratorian Canon

    http://www.bible-researcher.com/muratorian.html

    It is my understanding that we have an 8th century copy of a second century document.

    Is is considered authentic?

    Thanks.

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    Just to note that it is pretty common for us to have copies of documents written centuries after the original.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogue06 View Post
    Just to note that it is pretty common for us to have copies of documents written centuries after the original.
    Yep. It's in fact very unusual to have even copies written close in time to the original; actual original documents are vanishingly rare.
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    I think this is an important document because it answers the question of who "we" are in John 21.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christian3 View Post
    http://www.bible-researcher.com/muratorian.html

    It is my understanding that we have an 8th century copy of a second century document.

    Is is considered authentic?

    Thanks.
    Yes, though there has recently been a movement to re-date it to the fourth century.

    I don't know what you mean by "authentic." Is the information contained reliable? Some of it is and some of it probably isn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by psstein View Post
    Yes, though there has recently been a movement to re-date it to the fourth century.

    I don't know what you mean by "authentic." Is the information contained reliable? Some of it is and some of it probably isn't.
    I use it to show that the Apostle John wrote the Gospel of John.

    I hear all kinds of comments like: "you don't know who wrote the Gospel of John." "You don't know who the beloved disciple was." "The author of the Gospel of John is anonymous."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christian3 View Post
    I use it to show that the Apostle John wrote the Gospel of John.

    I hear all kinds of comments like: "you don't know who wrote the Gospel of John." "You don't know who the beloved disciple was." "The author of the Gospel of John is anonymous."
    The beloved disciple is almost certainly either John of Zebedee or John the Elder. The Gospel of John is formally anonymous, but so are the rest of the other gospels. Anonymity of written works was not uncommon in the ancient Mediterranean.

    I think the external evidence for the authorship of the gospels is mostly inconclusive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by psstein View Post
    The beloved disciple is almost certainly either John of Zebedee or John the Elder. The Gospel of John is formally anonymous, but so are the rest of the other gospels. Anonymity of written works was not uncommon in the ancient Mediterranean.

    I think the external evidence for the authorship of the gospels is mostly inconclusive.
    OK, I think everyone would agree that the pre-existence and the deity of the Messiah, mostly comes from the Gospel of John.

    In that case, would there be enough evidence from the rest of the New Testament to prove the pre-existence and deity of Jesus Christ if the Gospel of John had not been written?

    I appreciate your help. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christian3 View Post
    OK, I think everyone would agree that the pre-existence and the deity of the Messiah, mostly comes from the Gospel of John.

    In that case, would there be enough evidence from the rest of the New Testament to prove the pre-existence and deity of Jesus Christ if the Gospel of John had not been written?
    Yes, there would be. Philippians 2:5-8 is a pre-Pauline hymn.

    The best book on this is Hurtado's Lord Jesus Christ: Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by psstein View Post
    Yes, there would be. Philippians 2:5-8 is a pre-Pauline hymn.

    The best book on this is Hurtado's Lord Jesus Christ: Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity.
    I have that book and will read it again. Thanks.

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