Biblical Canon

Links updated May 2010

General Canon

Old Testament Apocrypha

Texts Online

Books and Articles on the Apocrypha

Miscellaneous Non-Canonical Literature
(Pseudepigrapha, ‘New Testament Apocrypha,’ etc.)

Lists and Indexes of Allusions

The “Jesus Seminar”

Books on the Biblical Canon

“Since for unbelieving men religion seems to stand by opinion alone, they, in order not to believe anything foolishly or lightly, both wish and demand rational proof that Moses and the prophets spoke divinely. But I reply: the testimony of the Spirit is more excellent than all reason. For as God alone is a fit witness of himself in his Word, so also the Word will not find acceptance in men’s hearts before it is sealed by the inward testimony of the Spirit. The same Spirit, therefore, who has spoken through the mouths of the prophets must penetrate into our hearts to persuade us that they faithfully proclaimed what had been divinely commanded ... Some good folk are annoyed that a clear proof is not ready at hand when the impious, unpunished, murmur against God’s Word. As if the Spirit were not called both ‘seal’ and ‘guarantee’ for confirming the faith of the godly; because until he illumines their minds, they ever waver among many doubts.” —John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion 1.7.5. (trans. F.L. Battles).