Constantine's Bible: Politics and the Making of the New Testament

Constantine’s act of “calling himself a Christian and pouring in that flood of wealth and power on the church,” John Wesley charged in 1787, “was productive of more evil to the church than all the ten persecutions put together.” Judging by Constantine’s Bible, David L. Dungan might be sympathetic to that claim. Dungan, a student of early Christianity who has published studies on the synoptic problem and on the prehistory of other New Testament texts, turns his attention to the formation of the biblical canon. There was, he claims, no canon of Christian scripture until the Constantinian era, and its establishment then—an event Dungan describes using terms such as interference and imposition—was a fateful occurrence.

 

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