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Published by E. Mellen Press in Lewiston, N.Y., USA .
Written in English



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  • Bible. O.T. -- Criticism, interpretation, etc. -- Congresses.,
  • Bible -- Canon -- Congresses.,
  • Middle East -- Religious life and customs -- Congresses.

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Edition Notes

Statementedited by K. Lawson Younger, Jr., William W. Hallo, Bernard F. Batto.
SeriesScripture in context ;, 4, Ancient Near Eastern texts and studies ;, v. 11
ContributionsYounger, K. Lawson., Hallo, William W., Batto, Bernard Frank.
LC ClassificationsBS1192 .B438 1991
The Physical Object
Paginationxiv, 328 p. ;
Number of Pages328
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL1548967M
ISBN 100773496483, 088946085X
LC Control Number91028513

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-- The Catholic Biblical Quarterly "A. Wendell Bowes makes a valuable contribution regarding divine kingship in 'The Basilomorphic Conception of Deity in Israel and Mesopotamia' the comparative approach suggests avenues of discussion and opens areas of interdisciplinary dialogue that genuinely deserve widespread attention."Pages: The best books on Biblical Canon ranked by scholars, journal reviews, and site users. Find the best commentary on Biblical Canon. Exploring the Origins of the Bible Canon: Formation in Historical, Literary, and Theological Perspective: ASBT: Barton, John: Holy Writings, Sacred Text: The Canon of Early Christianity. A canonical book is one that measured up to the standard of Scripture. Today, books in the canon are those that are universally recognized by Christians on the official list of books of Scripture. Christianity accepts sixty-six books of the Bible, thirty-nine Old Testament books and twenty-seven New Testament books. Professor Barton has emphasized a distinction between external decisions concerning order, scope, and authority in respect of scriptural writings, and a looser conception, where writings circulate and yet are not formally ‘canonical’. The distinction is between ‘scripture’ and ‘canon’. One can also speak of redactional work that is distinctly prior to the final form of biblical.

The 39 books of the Old Testament form the Bible of Judaism, while the Christian Bible includes those books and also the 27 books of the New Testament. This list of books included in the Bible is known as the canon. That is, the canon refers to the books regarded . Rejected books, widely used in the first two centuries, but not considered inspired or part of the New Testament Canon. A conservative, bible believing perspective! God's providence gave us the 27 book New Testament Canon, not the church. "The Biblical Canon is an introduction to the Christian biblical canon and explores and answers all the key questions about what is contained in both testaments. This third, expanded and revised edition of the well-respected The Formation of the Christian Biblical Canon is an essential resource for students and scholars."--BOOK JACKET. Biblical literature - Biblical literature - Old Testament canon, texts, and versions: The term canon, from a Hebrew-Greek word meaning “cane” or “measuring rod,” passed into Christian usage to mean “norm” or “rule of faith.” The Church Fathers of the 4th century ce first employed it in reference to the definitive, authoritative nature of the body of sacred Scripture.

A biblical canon or canon of scripture is a set of texts (or "books") which a particular Jewish or Christian religious community regards as authoritative scripture. The English word canon comes from the Greek κανών, meaning "rule" or "measuring stick".Christians were the first to use the term in reference to scripture, but Eugene Ulrich regards the notion as Jewish. The Septuagint Version (q.v.) also contained every book we now have in the Old Testament Scriptures. As to the time at which the Old Testament canon was closed, there are many considerations which point to that of Ezra and Nehemiah, immediately after the return from Babylonian exile. (See BIBLE, EZRA, QUOTATIONS.) These dictionary topics are from. definition—that canon can only be used to refer to books in a fixed, final, closed list—has emerged as the dominant one. Moreover, some Comparative Perspective, ed. Miriam Levering (Albany: State University of New York ‘How the Biblical Canon Began’, , uses the term ‘extrinsic’ instead. Determining the canon was a process conducted first by Jewish rabbis and scholars and later by early Christians. Ultimately, though, it was God who decided what books belonged in the biblical canon. The complete canon of the Old Testament wasn't completed until after the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70, but parts had been recognized far.