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“Athanasius' 39th Festal Letter”
In the year 367 in his 39th Festal Letter (written shortly after Epiphany to define the date of Easter) Athanasius declares which books are to be canonical in the New Testament, as well as giving a list of Old Testament books. This is the first time we have the exact 27 books included which are in the New Testament today.
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They have fabricated books which they call books of tables, in which they shew stars, to which they give the names of Saints. And therein of a truth they have inflicted on themselves a double reproach: those who have written such books, because they have perfected themselves in a lying and contemptible science; and as to the ignorant and simple, they have led them astray by evil thoughts concerning the right faith established in all truth and upright in the presence of God.
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