The Canon’s Blurry Edges

The Canon’s Blurry Edges July 20, 2017

First, I hope you all saw that Canon: The Card Game was featured in the online periodical Christian Today. I thought the author, Joseph Hartropp, did a fantastic job of conveying the essence of the game and the things that led to its creation.

Before that, Doug Chaplin shared thoughts on the canon’s blurry edges. The things he focuses on – the ending of Mark and the story of the woman caught in adultery in John – are the very reason that I focus on textual criticism in the second New Testament deck of Canon: The Card Game, with cards representing these very texts, among others.

Of related interest, John Meade blogged about a piece by Armin Lange on the “Canonical History of the Hebrew Bible.” And a while back, Pliny the In-Between depicted the Council of Nicaea voting on what to consider canonical science – presumably reflecting the mistaken idea that that council decided on the biblical canon.

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  • Brad Matthies

    Congrats and nicely done!

    • Thanks so much. I’m also taking the game to Gen Con (both presenting on it and running it by game companies), and presenting about it at the Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting too!

  • Doug

    Thanks for the link, James!

  • Brandon Roberts

    looks fun