The Authority of the New Testament Scriptures

Baker, 1963


The Authority of the New Testament Scriptures is Herman Ridderbos’ succinct classic on the canonicity of the New Testament. “The very ground or basis for the recognition of the canon is therefore, in principle, redemptive-historical, i.e. Christological. For Christ himself is not only the canon in which God comes to the world, but Christ establishes the canon and gives it its concrete historical form.”

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Key Features

  • Explores the history of redemption as the foundation for the Canon
  • Presents a succinct classic on the canonicity of the New Testament
  • Discusses three key categories of theological debate: kerygma, marturia, and didache


  • The Canon of the New Testament
  • Recent Reflections
  • Luther’s Standpoint
  • The Reformed View
  • The Apostolate
  • Tradition
  • Tradition as Scripture
  • The Redemptive-Historical Concept of Canon
  • The A Priori of Faith
  • The Formation of the Canon
  • The Limitation of the Canon
  • The Authority of the New Testament
  • The Redemptive-Historical Character of the Authority
  • Kerygma (Proclamation)
  • Marturia (Witness)
  • Didache (Doctrine)

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About Herman Ridderbos

Herman Ridderbos (1909–2007) was professor emeritus of New Testament at the Theological School of the Reformed Churches of the Netherlands at Kampen, where he served for over 40 years. The author of many scholarly publications, Ridderbos was the editor of the Reformed Weekly (Kampen), one of the Netherlands’ leading ecclesiastical periodicals. He became well-known in America through his volume on Galatians in the New International Commentary on the Old and New Testament.


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