Gianni Dagli Orti / The Art Archive at Art Resource, NY

Don’t be deceived and simple-minded was the message that Bishop Athanasius of Alexandria gave regarding the non-canonical gospels. In his annual Easter letter (39th Festal Letter, c. 367 C.E.), Athanasius lists the 27 standard books of the New Testament canon. This icon of Athanasius dates to 1728 C.E. and is part of the Roger Cabal Collection.