Christian literature in the 1st and early 2nd centuries ,
through the spread , use , and progressive esteem of these writings in the
2nd and 3rd centuries , to the determination of a fixed list of
authoritative Christian scripture in the 4th and 5th centuries . This
process was not only lengthy but also uneven , moving at a different pace
and even in somewhat different directions among the religious
constituencies of the ancient church (Freeman and Noel 1996 :853 .
We see that some of...