Athanasius and the New Testament Canon

IMG_2271-0.JPG“St. Athanasius of Alexandria completed the formation of the canon of the New Testament. In 325, the Council of Nicea instructed the Bishop of Alexandria to send an annual Festal Letter to the other bishops informing them of the date of Pascha, the annual celebration of the Resurrection of Christ. In 379, St. Athanasius, the Bishop of Alexandria included a list of the books which he considered worthy of inclusion in the New Testament in his 39th Festal Letter. His prestige was so great that the rest of the Church adopted his list of canonical books at the Council of Carthage in 419.” – The Historic Church, An Orthodox View of Christian History by Archpriest John W. Morris.

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