You might think my headline contains a typo: I repeated the word “new.” But it’s right. A New New Testament is the collaboration of nineteen scholars who have added certain books to the New Testament. The video below will give you more details. I found the following quote from Dr. Stephen Moore (one of the “faith leaders” who worked on it) quite revealing. He said,
“It largely represents texts that were most anathematized by emerging orthodoxy that stood the least chance of ever becoming part of an imperial Christian canon.”
In an Amazon-exclusive interview with the author, Tal Haussig, we read
Q. What will non-Christians learn from A New New Testament?
A. Non-Christians will learn that some of the narrow-minded doctrines of orthodox Christianity and the old-fashioned ideas of the traditional New Testament are not the only way that the early Christ movements expressed themselves.
I guess the work of nineteen scholars out of thousands of biblical scholars working today could never be conceived as narrow minded.
Michael Bird hit the nail on the head with his usual witty style. He said,
Okay, I’m all for encouraging the study of extra-biblical texts, esp. early Christian literature from the second and third centuries. But you CAN”T just gather a council of nineteen buddies and decide to put new books in the New Testament. It’s a great marketing ploy, but these folks don’t seem to have a grain of catholic or canonical respect.
Imagine if I assembled a group of nineteen Australian political scholars to start adding amendments to the US constitution: Stuff like it would be illegal to kiss a koala and drink Fosters while watching the movie Crocodile Dundee; Crocodile Dundee II and III would be banned; Americans would have to switch to the metric system; NFL would be replaced with AFL; the Electoral College would be replaced with a Houston vs. Boston cage fight to determine the next POTUS; vegemite would replace peanut butter; and all hamburgers would have to have beetroot added to them.
Watch for yourself and see what you think.