Exploring the Origins of the Bible Canon Formation in Historical, Literary, and Theological Perspective

ISBN-10: 0801032423
ISBN-13: 9780801032424
Edition: 2008
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Description: How did the Bible we have come to be? What do biblical scholars mean when they talk about canon, the Septuagint, the Apocrypha, or the Masoretic Text? All this biblical study is interesting, but does it really matter? Leading international scholars  More...

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List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Baker Academic
Publication date: 10/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.858

How did the Bible we have come to be? What do biblical scholars mean when they talk about canon, the Septuagint, the Apocrypha, or the Masoretic Text? All this biblical study is interesting, but does it really matter? Leading international scholars explain that it does. This thought-provoking and cutting-edge collection will help you go deeper in your understanding of the biblical writings, how those writings became canonical Scripture, and why canon matters. Beginning with an explanation of the different versions of the Hebrew Bible, scholars in different areas of expertise explore the complexities and issues related to the Old and New Testament canons, why different Jewish and Christian communities have different collections, and the importance of canon to theology.

Craig A. Evans (Ph.D., Claremont) is Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament and director of the graduate program at Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. He has written extensively on the historical Jesus and the Jewish background of the New Testament era. His books include Jesus and His Contemporaries: Comparative Studies (1995), Mark (in the Word Biblical Commentary, 2001), Jesus and the Ossuaries (2003) and Ancient Texts for New Testament Studies (2005). His edited volumes include (with Bruce Chilton) Studying the Historical Jesus: Evaluations of the State of Current Research (1994), (with Stanley E. Porter) Dictionary of New Testament Background (2000) and (with John Collins) Christian Beginnings and the Dead Sea Scrolls (2006). He has recently served on the advisory board on the Gospel of Judas for National Geographic Society and has appeared frequently as an expert commentator on network television programs, such as Dateline, and in various documentaries on the BBC, the Discovery Channel and the History Channel.

Preface
List of Contributors
Abbreviations
Introduction
The Septuagint as a Source for the Literary Analysis of Hebrew Scripture
Writings Ostensibly outside the Canon
Torah, Torah, Torah: The Emergence of the Tripartite Canon
The Role of "the Septuagint" in the Formation of the Biblical Canons
The Apocryphal Jesus: Assessing the Possibilities and Problems
Paul and the Process of Canonization
Wherein Lies Authority? A Discussion of Books, Texts, and Translations
Canon and Theology: What Is at Stake?
Index of Scripture and Other Ancient Writings
Index of Subjects and Names

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