What Writings Must Christians Obey?

Marcion 
(c. 140)

The Canon Muratori 
(c. 200)

Eusebius 
(c. 325)

Athanasius 
(367)

 

(Matthew)

Matthew

Matthew

 

(Mark)

Mark

Mark

Luke

Luke(2)

Luke

Luke

 

John

John

John

 

Acts

Acts

Acts

Romans

Romans

Romans

Romans

1 Corinthians

1 Corinthians

1 Corinthians

1 Corinthians

2 Corinthians

2 Corinthians

2 Corinthians

2 Corinthians

Galatians

Galatians

Galatians

Galatians

Ephesians(1)

Ephesians

Ephesians

Ephesians

Philippians

Philippians

Philippians

Philippians

Colossians

Colossians

Colossians

Colossians

1 Thessalonians

1 Thessalonians

1 Thessalonians

1 Thessalonians

2 Thessalonians

2 Thessalonians

2 Thessalonians

2 Thessalonians

 

1 Timothy

1 Timothy

1 Timothy

 

2 Timothy

2 Timothy

2 Timothy

 

Titus

Titus

Titus

Philemon

   

Philemon

     

Hebrews

     

James

   

1 Peter

1 Peter

     

2 Peter

 

1 John

1 John

1 John

 

2 John

 

2 John

     

3 John

 

Jude

 

Jude

 

Revelation of John

Revelation of John(3)

Revelation of John

 

Wisdom of Solomon

   
 

Revelation of Peter

   

The order of each list has been arranged according to Athanasius’ canon.

1. Marcion calls this book “Laodiceans.”

2. In this list, the first two Gospels are missing, but Luke, the first listed, is announced as the “third” gospel.

3. Eusebius says Revelation was still disputed in his time.

By the Editors

[Christian History originally published this article in Christian History Issue #43 in 1994]

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