The character of Melito of Sardis, who was Bishop of Sardis during the second century CE is discussed in the April 15th 2006, Watchtower. He, on the one hand is praised for agreeing with the date for the celebration of Jesus' death as Nisan 14. He is also praised for trying to protect the christians from persecution by writing to Marcus Aurelius for protection. The last paragraph on page 18 says:
Melito personally traveled to Bible lands to research the exact number of books of the Hebrew Scriptures. In this regard he wrote" 'Accordingly, when I went East and preached and practiced, and after I had learned the books of the Old Testament accurately and had set down the facts, I sent them to you." This list does NOY mention the books of Nehemiah and Esther, yet it is the oldest catalog of the canonical books of the Hebrew Scriptures in writings by professed Christians.'
However, it appears that in the 'Eyes if the WTBTS' in my opinion, Melito de Sardis was also an apostate when it suited them. This made me wonder what exactly about him they had omitted in this article.
The final two paragraphs of the article say:
The Victim of Apostasy?
After the death of the apostles, a foretold apostasy made its way into true Christianity. (Acts 20:29, 30) Clearly, this affected Melito. The elaborate style of his writings seems to reflect the writings of Greek philosophy and the Roman world. Maybe that is why Melito called Christianity 'our philosophy.' He also considered the integration of so-called Christianity with the Roman empire " the greatest proof....for good."
Melito certainly did not take to heart the apostle Paul's counsel: 'Look out: perhaps there may be someone who will carry you off as his prey through the philosophy and empty deception according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary things of the world and not according to Christ." Therefore, while Melito defended Bible truths to a limited extent, in many respects he abandoned them.
So, in Melito de Sardis work, his Canon of the Hebrew Scriptures did NOT agree with the present Canon. He also so no reason why christianity should not join with Rome.
In the eyes of the WTBTS he had become an apostate.
So the point of the article was......what?
This is the second article that the WTBTS has done on supporting the Bible Canon. The first was on the Muratorian Fragment. From what I have gleaned from both articles, it appears that Bible Canon, cannot really be confirmed and was affected by too many outside factors. They simply prove that the Canon cannot be confirmed beyond doubt. They also confirm that in the case of Melito de Sardis, the WTBTS is giving credence to someone who they view as an apostate. And in the case of the Muratorian Fragment, they simply show that the Catholic Church decided on the Canon for the New Testament.
Do the WTBTS realise that?