What is the Biblical Basis for a Closed Canon?

  • Why closed? I drafted an answer. Here's the outline: While there is no agreed-upon scriptural basis for the closing of Scripture, here are two verses that are sometimes cited. For the OT, the penultimate verses of the Book of Ecclesiastes: > And furthermore, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is > no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh. This is the end of > the matter; all hath been heard: Fear God, and keep his commandments; > for this is the whole duty of man. (Ecc. 12:12-13) Commented Dec 30, 2022 at 1:10
  • For the New Testament, the Book of Revelation 22:18 contains an admonition which is sometimes applied to the whole Bible: > I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of > this book, If any man shall add unto them, God shall add unto him the > plagues which are written in this book: {NOTE: I do not think these verses should be understood as closing the canon... but people do use them (esp. Rev. 22) as an argument to that effect.} Commented Dec 30, 2022 at 1:11
  • I see now that the question was basically asked/answered earlier. I am removing my vote to re-open. Commented Dec 30, 2022 at 1:25


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