History of Christianity 1 - The New Testament

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This article is part of a series Divine Principle - History of restoration

Summary: The books of the New Testament were written between ca 50 and ca 100 CE, the first ones being the Epistles of Paul. In the first centuries of Christianity, many texts existed that were read by early Christian communities, but which didn't make it into the canon of the Bible. Recent discoveries, such as that of the Nag Hammadi library in 1945, brought new attention to these extra-biblical texts, often of a Gnostic nature. Here you can find information about both the Biblical books and the so-called Apocrypha. For most Protestants, the term apocrypha refers to scriptural texts that fall outside of the Biblical canon.

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