Saturday, April 13, 2013

Q: What is The New Testament + 10?

A: The New New Testament

Yes, really.

In March Mega-publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt released A New New Testament: A Bible for the 21st Century Combining Traditional and Newly Discovered Texts, edited by Hal Taussig. "To create this New New Testament, Hal Taussig called together a council of scholars and spiritual leaders* to discuss and reconsider which books belong in the New Testament. They talked about these recently found documents, the lessons therein, and how they inform the previously bound books. They voted on which should be added, choosing ten new books to include in A New New Testament."

This new release may find interest among the curious, and might even be engaged as "scripture" by various seekers, gnostics, PC spiritualists, and gender inclusive. Otherwise it is will be ignored by Bible students. Biblical scholar Daniel Wallace notes its curious patchwork in which "the books selected by the council were selected with an agenda in mind; they were not chosen because they ever made a serious claim to canonicity." In fact, Wallace writes, "at least one of [the books] is not even mentioned in any extant ancient writing."  

Both thumbs down!

* evidently the editor's friends and colleagues who selected the texts

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