B.B. Warfield Memorial Lecture Series
2017 B.B. Warfield Memorial Lecture Series: Why These Books and no Others? Exploring the Origins of the New Testament Canon
Why is it that Christians have exactly 27 books in their New Testament canon? Why not 26? Or 28? And what do we do with so-called “lost” books that never made it into the canon? And can we really trust the historical process that brought these books together into a single volume? These are important questions that have to do with the origins of the New Testament Canon. If these are questions that you are asking, join us for this important weekend as Dr. Michael Kruger explores the origins and reliability of the New Testament.
May 12 - 13, 2017
St. Edwards Chapel
9500 N. Pennsylvania Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73120
Friday, May 12, 2017
7:00 p.m. - 7:50 p.m. The Origins of the Canon: Why Did the Early Church Develop a Canon of Scripture?
8:00 p.m. - 8:50 p.m. The Date of Canon: When Were the New Testament Books First Regarded as Scripture?
9:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Question and Answer Session
Saturday, May 13, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. The Contenders for Canon: Were There any Apocryphal Books That Almost Made it into the Canon?
10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. The Artifacts of Canon: Manuscripts as a Window into the Development of the New Testament
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Question and Answer Session
Michael Kruger is president and the Samuel C. Patterson professor of New Testament and early christianity at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC. He is one of the leading scholars today in the study of the origins of the New Testament, particularly the development of the New Testament canon and the transmission of the New Testament text. He is the author of numerous books including The Gospel of the Savior, The Heresy of Orthodoxy, Canon Revisited, and The Question of Canon. He is also the co-editor of The Early Text of the New Testament, and Gospel Fragments. Dr. Kruger is ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America and also serves (part-time) as Pastor of Teaching at Uptown PCA in downtown Charlotte. You can follow his blog at www.michaeljkruger.com or on Twitter@michaeljkruger.
The core of the Christian profession is, according to Warfield, the confession of a supernatural God, who may and does act in a supernatural mode, and who acting in a supernatural mode has wrought out for us a supernatural redemption, interpreted in supernatural revelation, and applied by the supernatural operations of His Spirit. The starting point of Warfield's theology was the majesty of God and his authority over creation.
Throughout the history of the Church, the great doctrines of the faith were forged in the fires of debate as in Pelagius & Augustine, Luther & Erasmus, Calvin & Eck, and Whitefield & Wesley. Through this lecture series, it is our desire to:
Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield was born near Lexington, Kentucky on the 5th of November in 1851. He graduated from Princeton in 1871 with the highest of honors at the age of nineteen, excelling in mathematics and physics. While studying in Europe, he announced his intention to prepare for Christian ministry.
Upon graduating from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1876, he returned to Europe again to further his studies. Returning to America, Warfield served a short period as a pastor and then accepted a position in the Department of New Testament Language and Literature at Western Theological Seminary. He remained there for nine years.
In 1887, he was called to Princeton Theological Seminary to succeed A.A. Hodge as the Charles Hodge professor of Didactic and Polemic Theology. He continued in this position for thirty-three years until his death on the 17th of February 1921. Dr. Warfield combined erudition in Greek exegesis, systematic theology, and church history. He was a tireless defender of the Reformed faith.
2014: The Christian, His Witness, and Defending the Faith
2012: Will the Church Go Through the End-Time Tribulation?
2008: The Church and Culture
2007: Debate on The Christian's Final Authority: The Bible of the Church?
2006: Presentations on Charles Haddon Spurgeon and D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones with Iain Murray.
2005: Debate on Regeneration featuring Dr. Bob Wilkin (Dispensationalist) and Dr. James White (Calvinist)
The B.B. Warfield Memorial Lecture Series is sponsored by:
Grace Bible Church
10301 Lakeside Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73120