The first part of this series may be found here.
Part I, Chapter 2 of the Bible Wheel book is available in html format for viewing in your browser here.
Critique of Part I, Chapter 2 of the Bible Wheel Book:
The second chapter is called The Canon Wheel. It begins with an explanation that the word “canon” refers to the list of books that “belong” in the Bible. I acknowledged that this list differs amongst various Christian groups, but maintained that the differences do not matter for the study of the Bible Wheel per se because the Bible Wheel is defined by the traditional Protestant canon of sixty-six books. I then reviewed the structure of the Old Testament and showed that it exhibits a pattern of perfect symmetry on multiple levels:
I then reviewed the structure of the New Testament and showed that the entire Bible naturally falls into seven categories, and when theses seven categories are labeled and colored on the Bible Wheel, we discover the Canon Wheel:
The Canon Wheel
This categorization of the Bible is one of the most common points of attack by those who attempt to refute my work. They argue that the categories are “arbitrary” and so “meaningless.” But this attack is easily refuted. Most of the categories have been documented by other scholars for more than a thousand years. For example, no one can deny that the Torah has been known as the “Five Books of Moses” for thousands of years. Likewise, the “12 Minor Prophets” have been known as a group since the second century B.C.E. because they were on a single scroll. There are many ancient witnesses to this categorical system which is the basis of the Septuagint. Cyril of Jerusalem listed both the number and content of the 5 books of the Torah, the 12 OT History books, the 5 Wisdom books (which he called “verse”) and the 12 books of the Minor Prophets in the fourth century C.E. in his account of the Biblical canon. I present this evidence in my article Historical Evidence for the Sevenfold Canon. Furthermore, these categories can be discerned one from the other by unique word distributions which justify the traditional definitions, as explained in my article called Biblical Evidence for the Sevenfold Canon.
As with Chapter 1, I cannot find any errors of fact in this chapter. It passes my critical review. As always, I invite the reader to comment if they think they can find any error in what I have written.