Have You Heard of the “New New Testament”?

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.

 

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6 Responses to Have You Heard of the “New New Testament”?

  1. “I guess the work of nineteen scholars out of thousands of biblical scholars working today could never be conceived as narrow minded.” – Love it!

    As an Australian, I agree with Michael, all hamburgers need to have beetroot in them.

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  2. The first fallacy is that the New Testament was put together by a committee, a council or a conclave. This was not so. Irenaeus and subsequent ‘church’ councils only concurred with what had already been decided at grass roots level by ordinary believers in ordianry churches before ever there came to be a super denomination.
    The assumptions here are all elitist ones. They agree with Pareto that changes for the better are brought about by an elite. This is not so. Geneerally reall change comes from that section of society who tended to form the early churches. There was no early church and there was no denominational organisation with bishops presiding over it. So there was no committe to decide on what was Inspired or what was not.
    So a conservative, group in the USA suddenly decides, in the 21st century that we have got it wrong all along, that Wyklife was wrong that Tyndale was wrong and that the lower class Christian movemnts in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries were wrong. I do not think so.
    These documents are not new at all. They have been know for years. They do not change lives. Academia is like Paul’s day at Athens with the Academics there who liked to come up with new ideas and make a name for themselves.

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  3. The Heresy of Orthodoxy by Andreas J. Kostenberger is an essential book to read concerning the foundational assertions of these 19 scholars.

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  4. Pingback: Dan Wallace Reviews the “New New Testament”–and It Ain’t Pretty | Baker Book House Church Connection

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