Who Chose the New Testament Books?

The issue of “How We Got the Bible” has become one of the flash points of our day. The popularly accepted storyline today is that a state-sponsored Christian church chose the New Testament books fully three centuries after Christ. But does the historical data really support that claim? Explore the evidence in this essay by Dr. Charles Hill.
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Charles E. Hill Charles Hill serves as Professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida, where he has taught since 1994. With a PhD from the University of Cambridge, Dr. Hill has published widely on New Testament studies in various journals, especially on the canon of the New Testament, the traditions of New Testament manuscripts, the early church fathers, and the Johannine books of the Bible (the Gospel of John, 1–3 John, and Revelation). Dr. Hill’s publications include Who Chose the Gospels? Probing the Great Gospel Conspiracy (Oxford University Press, 2010) and The Early Text of the New Testament (Oxford University Press, 2012), edited with Dr. Michael J. Kruger.